Monday, December 23, 2013

Judge Rules Ohio's Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconst.; It Must Recognize Gays Married in Another State

Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, a federal judge declared today (December 23, 2013), although he did so in a narrow ruling that will not in itself strike down the ban, according to the Newser website.

Judge Timothy Black ordered only that state officials recognize gay marriages when filling out death certificates.

But Black's decision contained broad language that others are almost certain to use as the basis for a broader challenge to the Ohio ban.

"Once you get married lawfully in one state, another state cannot summarily take your marriage away," Black wrote.

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