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Ohio Rep. Antonio celebrates gay marriage decision, even in a limited form
She expects more court challenges, even while the state tries to reverse the decision

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M.L. Schultze
Lakewood's Nickie Antonio is the first openly gay member of the Ohio House.
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A federal judge’s decision clarified the legal status of four same-sex couples today who are trying to ensure their names are on their children’s birth certificates. But it leaves many others in legal limbo. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

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Timothy Black ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states, saying refusing to recognize gay marriage is a violation of constitutional rights and "unenforceable in all circumstances."

But he also indicated he’s likely to stay his own ruling for all but the four couples whose cases were directly before him. That’s because the state has promised to appeal any broader recognition of same-sex marriage. 

Lakewood Democrat Nickie Antonio is the first openly gay member of the Ohio Legislature, and sees contradiction in the state Constitution’s prohibition of gay marriage. 

“I always find it ironic that I can vote on laws that affect the millions of Ohioans, but I cannot make a decision about something very personal in my own life, with my partner of 20 years. I can’t marry a person that I have raised children with and that I share a life with.” 

Antonio expects Black’s decision – even if it is stayed – will speed up other challenges of Ohio’s ban. 

Supporters of the ban note that it passed with 62 percent of the vote and in 87 of Ohio’s 88 counties back in 2004.



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