Where can I marry my same-sex partner ? I live in Ohio !


Hi Joey !

Thanks for writing to us. You are right : there is nothing legally recognized, for same-sex couples, in Ohio ; and your neighbors (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, etc) don’t recognize it either… In USA, the only states that recognize marriage is Connecticut and Massachusets. Other states recognize civil unions, like California, D.C., Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state. Also, Canada (where AlterHeros is) fully recognize same-sex marriage, in all the provinces and territories (its a federal law). So, if you want your union to be legally recognized, your best solution would be to move…

If not, there is a church (Metropolitan Community Church) that performs same-sex weddings, that are not necessary legal, but are spiritual. In Ohio, there are three of those churches : http://www.mccchurch.org/usa/ohio.htm

Of course, this is a better option if you and your boyfriend are spiritual…

In Canada, we have a church called United Church, who is performing same-sex weddings ; I don’t know if they also are in USA… you can make some research about it…

Hope it makes you good options !

Thank you for writing to us

François, for AlterHeros.


About François Paquette

Impliqué au sein d’AlterHéros depuis 2004, François fait partie du conseil d’administration depuis 2005, à titre de vice-président puis de directeur de l’intervention. Il occupe ce poste de mai 2005 à mai 2007, puis de novembre 2007 à maintenant. Diplômé de l’UQAM en sexologie et de l’Université McGill en travail social, il a été employé dans de nombreuses organisations communautaires allosexuelles montréalaises, telles que la CJMLH et le REJAQ, en plus de travailler dans différents endroits du réseau de la santé.

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