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Ohio AG DeWine will challenge today's gay marriage ruling
Federal judge says state's constitutional amendment is discrimination
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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A federal judge says Ohio must honor gay marriages when it comes to death certificates, but that’s far from the last word. As Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the state is already planning to appeal the ruling.

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U.S. District Judge Timothy Black has ruled if a gay couple gets married in another state, Ohio must recognize that status on death certificates.

Black says once you are married in one state, another state cannot take that marriage away.  And while this ruling pertains only to death certificates, Judge Black also says the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and adds that states cannot discriminate against same sex couples simply because voters don’t like homosexuality.

A statement from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he will appeal the ruling on behalf of the state.

In recent days, a federal judge struck down Utah’s ban on gay marriage and in New Mexico, the state’s high court ruled gay marriage is legal there.

 

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