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Gay Ohio couple win extension recognizing their marriage

Published: Tue, August 13, 2013 @ 5:08 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has extended a temporary restraining order preventing Ohio authorities from enforcing the state’s ban on gay marriage against a couple as one of them nears death.

Judge Timothy Black extended the order today. It had been set to expire in less than a week.

The order prevents state and local authorities from enforcing the state’s gay marriage ban against John Arthur and James Obergefell of Cincinnati until Dec. 31.

Arthur is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The couple, who married in Maryland last month, sued Gov. John Kasich and other officials to have their marriage recognized in their home state before Arthur’s death so they can be listed as spouses on his death certificate and be buried next to each other.


1Jerry(831 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If they purchased adjoining grave sites, what law is it that prevents two people from being buried side-by-side in the grave sites that they purchased???

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2LtMacGowan(708 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Because many cemeteries are religious and they won't allow it. Bunch of small minded bigots. Its about time we fixed this horrible violation of equality in our state's constitution and legalize gay marriage.

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3Jerry(831 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

What cemetery refused to sell them grave sites?

Can you name any cemetery, that sells grave sites to the general public, that would NOT allow any two people to buy adjoining plots?

What Ohio law prevents any two people, married or otherwise, from buying adjoining grave sites so they can be buried together.

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4LtMacGowan(708 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Catholic owned cemeteries do just like they won't allow suicides either.

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