News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Greater Akron Chamber


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Crime and Courts


Federal judge says gay marriage ban is unconstitional -- at least in death
Ohio attorney general will file an appeal that could expand the decision's impact to four states
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Jim Obergefell and John Arthur during their marriage ceremony on the tarmac at Baltimore-Washington airport.
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

A federal judge says Ohio’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional – at least when it comes to death certificates. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that today’s decision is focused on a narrow issue, but suggests a much broader interpretation and more court action.

LISTEN: Gay marriage decision and appeal

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:01)


U.S. District Judge Timothy Black says the state’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage would allow state government to do what the federal government no longer can: discriminate against same-sex couples.

His ruling sprang from the relatively narrow case of John Arthur and Jim Obergefell, who were married on the tarmac of the airport in Baltimore months before Arthur died of Lou Gehrig’s disease. They and others went to court to get Ohio to recognize gay marriages performed legally in other states on Ohio death certificates.

Eric Resnick of Canton has been watching the evolution of gay rights in Ohio for decades. He expected the ruling to be narrow, but sees it as opening doors.

“Yes, this is just death certificates at the moment. But it’s the first bite of the apple, and the apple is starting to get real small.”

But much of that will be left up to higher courts. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced within hours of the decision that he’ll file an appeal with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. 

LISTEN: Resnick on the gay marriage patchwork
Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download
(0:19)


Listener Comments:

the bigots' heads are spinning! it's happening so fast now-it's so funny to see the religious phobes scrambling to stop God's will!


Posted by: Normandy (Los Angeles) on December 24, 2013 1:12AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

Akron's Chapel Hill Mall in foreclosure
Not a surprise. Between the shoplifting, gangs and violence that goes on up there it is no wonder that no one feels safe to shop at Chapel Hill. They have sca...

Ohio launches investigation into at least one Concept charter school
I worked at Noble Academy Cleveland as admin assistant and enrolment coordinator for 6 years, I know this is so valid and true and can provide staff names and p...

Crisis looms in filling aviation industry jobs in Ohio and the nation
I listened to this story yesterday morning on the radio and just want to add this comment. My son went to school to train as an air traffic controller, and gra...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park considers fire to fight invasives
I'm for the controlled burn. There are not enough people (myself included) who volunteer for the removal of invasive plant species. Therefore, another solution ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University