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Gay couple -- one of whom is dying -- sues to lift Ohio's gay marriage ban
The two married in Maryland after the U.S. Supreme Court decision this summer

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A gay couple in Cincinnati is suing to strike down the Ohio constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.

Jim Obergefell and John Arthur were married in Maryland this summer and they want their marriage recognized in their home state of Ohio.

John Arthur is suffering from ALS and does not have much time to live. The couple has been together for 20 years but put off getting legally married until the U.S. Supreme Court formally recognized gay marriage this summer.

He and Obergefell made a video that explained their decision and captured the ceremony performed on the airport tarmac by Arthur's aunt.

LISTEN: A clip from the marriage video

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"We still want out government to say you matter, you exist. And your ralationship of 20 years, on eyear , whatever it is matters as much as anyone else's.
"We're now getting federal recognition and that's the impetus to make it happen because we're taxpaying citizens of the United States and that federal recognition really helps me feel like I'm a citizen."

Arthur wants hisdeath certificate to reflect the marriage.  The Cincinnati couple argue that Ohio law does not allow marriage of first cousins, yet the state recognizes such marriages legally performed in other states. 

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