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LGBT Survey Results: Cleveland State University—Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

Cleveland State University prohibits discrimination/harassment toward individuals of the university community on the basis of race, sex (including pregnancy), religion, color, age, national origin, veteran and/or military status, genetic information, or disability and discrimination/harassment toward individuals for other reasons such as sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, or parental status.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Cleveland-Marshall Allies is a social and political student organization dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community at the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. The  Cleveland-Marshall Allies mission is to provide a welcoming environment for LGBT law students and faculty, and a voice for issues that are specific to the LGBT community both within the law school and the greater legal community. Allies sponsors speakers, events, and panel discussions on legal issues that affect the LGBT community. In addition, Allies provides a forum for social and professional interaction by hosting social events for Cleveland-Marshall students.

For additional information, call 216.687.2537.

LGBT Faculty

No details provided.

LGBT Administrator(s)

No details provided.

LGBT Course(s)

Sexual Orientation and the Law

LAW 563
(3 Credit Hours)

Persons with nontraditional sexual orientations face a variety of challenges that their heterosexual friends and family members do not. These include different legal standards being applied to them in employment, marriage, custody, adoption, property rights, health benefits, tax issues, and other situations. Sexual Orientation and the Law will explore the historic roots of sexual orientation discrimination and examine the success and failure of legislative and judicial efforts to overcome this discrimination. The role of the social sciences (including anthropology, sociology, and psychology) and of popular culture (books, plays, movies, television, etc.) in both creating and breaking down barriers based on sexual orientation will also be explored. Students will be required to research and write a 10–15 page paper and may be required to take a final exam. This paper will NOT satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. The course satisfies the perspective elective requirement.

Please Note

The professor who taught this class has retired. At the moment, we cannot confirm or deny whether this class will be offered in the upcoming year. In the past, it was offered once per academic year.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

All full-time and part-time employees with an appointment of 6 months or longer and scheduled to work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for the university’s benefit plans and programs. Benefits are extended to the following individuals:

Legal Same-Sex Spouse

The covered employee’s husband or wife of same gender under domestic or foreign jurisdiction whose laws authorize the marriage of two individuals of the same sex.

Domestic Partner

A domestic partner is defined as a person of the same sex who:

  • shares your residence;
  • has resided with you for no less than 6 months;
  • is no less than 18 years of age;
  • is not a blood relative or any closer than would prohibit legal marriage;
  • provides a notarized Domestic Partner Affidavit;
  • is not in this relationship solely for the purpose of obtaining benefits coverage; and
  • is not married to or separated from anyone else.

Child of Domestic Partner

This includes biological and adopted children as well as legal wards.

Additional Information

Cleveland-Marshall clinical professor Doron Kalir contributed to an 86-page brief urging the US Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and other states.

Law school students, faculty, staff, and alumni are involved with important advocacy organizations including HRC and Equality Ohio.

Cleveland hosted the 9th International Gay Games in 2014. The next Gay Games will take place in 2018 in Paris.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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