Federal Judge Rules Ohio Must Recognize Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages
Federal District Judge Timothy Black has ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages that occur outside of the state!
A federal judge said he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.
Black will issue the ruling April 14 prohibiting Ohio officials from enforcing the ban, which he contends violates constitutional rights of equal protection and due process. Black's ruling will not mean Ohio must allow couples to marry in the state.
Lawyers for the state had argued that it is Ohio's sole province to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
By announcing his intention ahead of his ruling, Black gives time for the state to prepare an appeal that can be filed as soon as he rules. Dan Tierney, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, confirmed the state plans to appeal.
Okay, so the ruling doesn't mean that Ohio has to allow same-sex couples to get married in the state, but it's definitely a big step in the right direction. Marriage equality is inevitable!
Congrats to those same-sex couples who are married and living in Ohio! Your unions will be legally recognized--as they should be!