Domestic Partnership Registry
The Domestic Partnership Registry authorized by the Dayton City Commission is effective June 1, 2012. The registry is managed by the City Commission Office.
Mayor Nan Whaley designated Kery Gray as the Mayor's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Liaison at the Pride Gayla on June 6, 2014. Mr. Gray has worked for the City of Dayton since 1987, and currently serves as Executive Assistant to the City Commission. In this capacity, he is the lead staff person for the five-member City Commission and works directly with the City Commission, City Manager, department Directors, citizen leaders and elected officials in the region.
Same Sex Marriages
The Mayor performs marriage ceremonies for any couple with a marriage license. The Mayor was an early supporter of equal access to marriage and performed the first same-sex marriage ceremony in the State of Ohio following the June 26, 2015 Supreme Court decision.
Previous to equal access to marriage, the City enacted a Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Ordinance, provided benefits to domestic partners of eligible employees, and instituted a Domestic Partner Registry. The Dayton City Commission passed legislation endorsing equal access to marriage. Mayor Whaley was active with Why Marriage Matters Ohio, an advocacy group in support of marriage equality.
To find out about scheduling a marriage ceremony, click on the link below.
Request a Proclamation, Greeting or Wedding
Requests for information, community presentations, or other assistance may be directed to the contact below. Special emphasis will be given to local residents and community groups seeking information and assistance. To contact Mayor Whaley's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) Liaison:
Kery T. Gray
The Dayton Police Department LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Liaison was established in September 2010 by Chief Richard S Biehl, who also signed the first Hate and Bias Crime Policy for the Dayton Police Department. The current LGBT Liaison officers are Lt. Wendy H. Stiver and Sgt. Jacquelyn Imwalle. Both Lt. Stiver and Sgt. Imwalle have attended training with GOAL (Gay Officers Action League) and LEGAL, International (Law Enforcement Gays and Lesbians).
The goal of the LGBT Liaison is to build relationships with the LGBT community in Dayton and offer a resource for LGBT crime or police issues. All Dayton Police Officers receive training in cultural diversity, including LGBT issues, during their basic police academy training. It is the policy of the Dayton Police Department that Hate and Bias Crimes will be treated seriously and the investigations of these crimes will be given priority. The proper investigation of racial, religious, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or other bias crime incidents, is the responsibility of all Police personnel. The Department will use every necessary resource to rapidly and decisively identify the perpetrators, arrest them and bring them before the court.
Police Department Action
The actions taken by the Dayton Police Department in dealing with incidents of racial, religious, ethnic/national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or other acts of bias, are visible signs of its concern and commitment to the community. Special emphasis will be placed on victim assistance, community cooperation and public safety response in order to reduce victim/community trauma, fear, repeat victimization or retaliatory acts.
To contact the Dayton Police Department LGBT Liaison:
Lt. Wendy H. Stiver