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Gay couple sues Ohio to recognize their marriage
Couple wants marriage recorded on dying spouse's death certificate; federal judge has scheduled an expedited hearing for Monday at 1:30 p.m.
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A Cincinnati gay couple is suing to have their marriage recognized on one of the men's death certificate.
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A Cincinnati gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit to have their Maryland marriage recognized in Ohio. In this case, one of the spouses is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease, and attorney Al Gerhardstein has asked the court to expedite the case involving Jim Obergefell and John Arthur.

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"We do hope to build from here and have this be the first step towards marriage equality in Ohio but for now, we just want to make sure that when John dies, the death record shows him as married," Gerhardstein says.

Gerhardstein says it only makes sense that the state would recognize the marriage. He notes that if first cousins go to another state and marry, Ohio will recognize their out-of-state marriage.  

But Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he will fight the lawsuit.

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"My job as the attorney general is to defend the constitutionality of Ohio law and that’s what we will do," DeWine says.

Since 2004, Ohio has had a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.



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Homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of our Lord and saviour JESUS CHRIST ,repent now and pray for forgiveness or be cast into an eternal lake of fire.If we the people and our politicians do not put a stop to this abomination God will surely turn his back on our once great nation,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,love the sinner ,,,,hate the sin


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