Ohio

VICTORY: Ricardo Ramos' Deportation Stopped
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Cleveland resident Ricardo Ramos, the father of three U.S. citizen children and an Ohioan of 16 years, was set to be deported after being caught driving without a license. Ramos is the sole breadwinner in his family, working two jobs to provide for his children, and deportation would tear the family apart. That’s why Matt Hildreth of the organization America’s Voice started a MoveOn Petition asking Immigration and Customs Enforcement to grant prosecutorial discretion and let Ramos stay with his family.

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VICTORY: Judge's Ruling Sets Course for Fighting Ohio's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
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John Arthur, a terminally ill Ohio resident, was concerned that he would die without his partner, Jim Obergefell, being formally recognized as his spouse. So the couple flew to Maryland to be legally married, and a judge issued a temporary order requiring Ohio to list Obergefell as Arthur’s “surviving spouse” on his death certificate—but Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine threatened to appeal the judge’s decision. That’s why Steve Bluestein started a MoveOn Petition telling Ohio officials to recognize the marriage.

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VICTORY: Federal District Court Orders Ohio to Restore Early Voting
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In an attempt to limit voter access to the polls, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted ordered all early voting to stop on Friday afternoon before Election Day. Following unprecedented African-American voter turnout in Ohio during the 2008 presidential election, Republicans there have been looking for ways to diminish the community’s electoral power. Color of Change, one of many organizations working to stop voter suppression, started a MoveOn Petition calling for the restoration of early voting rights in Ohio.

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