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A federal appeals court in Cincinnati takes up gay marriage ban
6th Circuit panel will hear arguments over Ohio and other bans tomorrow
Story by ANN THOMPSON


 
Obergefell and Arthur at their wedding on the airport tarmac in Maryland.
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Same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky and two other states are under the microscope tomorrow as a federal appeals court considers whether lower-court judges were right in striking down parts of those laws. For Ohio Public Radio WVXU's Ann Thompson has this story.

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Ohio’s cases are Cincinnati based. After marrying his dying spouse in Maryland, Jim Obergefell sued to be listed on John Arthur’s death certificate. A federal judge gave him that right. Then Obergefell’s attorney, Al Gerhardstein, filed another lawsuit on behalf of four same-sex couples asking that both parents be listed on their kids’ birth certificates. 

“Here in Ohio, in light of our judiciary and the hurdles we will have to face, we think it’s better to go step-by-step.”

A federal judge also ruled in their favor. Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine is appealing the cases. An appeals panel will hear Ohio’s cases as well as ones from Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan over the right to marry and to have out-of-state same-sex marriages recognized. 

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