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Cincinnati attorney continues gay rights crusader's fight
Al Gerhardstein wants gay rights to be recognized for all purposes in Ohio
Story by ANN THOMPSON


 
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A terminally ill Ohio man who flew to Maryland to marry his gay partner has died. Attorney Al Gerhardstein represented John Arthur and his partner in federal court as they challenged Ohio's marriage law this summer.

A federal judge had ordered that Arthur be listed as married on his death certificate, despite Ohio's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
The  judge will decide in December whether to issue a permanent injunction.

LISTEN: Al Gerhardstein on gay marriage recognition

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“We will study the ruling that comes out and determine what the next steps are because obviously we want gay marriage recognized for all purposes in Ohio, and this is the next step.”

Gerhardstein calls Arthur a crusader for marriage equality. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging the court to put the brakes on an issue that could take years to settle.

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