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U.S. District Judge: Ohio Must Recognize Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages

A U.S. District Judge has struck down Ohio's ban on the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages in the Henry vs. Hines case!

From The Washington Blade:

In a 45-page order, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black determined the Ohio law barring recognition of out-of-state same-sex weddings violates protections under the U.S. Constitution.

“The record before the court, which includes the judicially-noticed record in Obergefell, is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the state’s ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and, therefore, Ohio’s marriage recognition bans are facially unconstitutional and unenforceable under any circumstances,” Black writes.

Black’s ruling against the state’s ban on recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages was expected because the court announced at the end of arguments on April 4 that a ruling against the ban would likely happen. However, the ruling doesn’t allow same-sex couples to wed in Ohio, such as other rulings handed down in Utah and Michigan. 

Great news, Ohioans!! 

Ohio officials have until 3 p.m. on Tuesday to file for a stay on the decision. Judge Black's own stay on his ruling will be in place until that decision is announced. Here's the official ruling.

Next step, let's make same-sex marriages legal in the state!!