What Recent Federal Court Ruling Means for the Future of Ohio’s Gay Marriage Ban
A federal court has ruled in favor of a gay couple who wants their marriage in another state recognized here in Ohio.
U.S District Judge Timothy Black has issued a temporary restraining order that will allow two Cincinnati men who were married in Maryland to have their marriage recognized on a state issued death certificate. One of the men is terminally ill and is close to death. In this ruling, the judge required the state and local officials to not accept for recording a death certificate for John Arthur that does not record his status of death as married and does not list James Obergefell as his surviving spouse. The couple’s attorney, Al Gerdhardstein, says this is a major step toward marriage equality in Ohio. Gay marriage is not legal in Ohio because voters in 2004 passed a constitutional amendment banning it.
A spokesman for Ohio’s Attorney General says he will defend the right of people in Ohio to define Marriage in the state constitution. Spokesman Dan Teirney characterizes this as a temporary ruling at a preliminary stage under sad circumstances. He says Ohio voters are entitled to the choice they’ve made on this fundamental issue.