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Judge rules for Ohio men's same-sex marriage

Published: Tue, July 23, 2013 @ 1:48 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of two Ohio men who want their out-of-state marriage recognized as one of them nears death.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black in Cincinnati on Monday said ailing John Arthur’s death certificate can show James Obergefell as his surviving spouse. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the couple wanted the ruling for purposes including enabling them to be buried next to each other in an Arthur family plot that allows only descendants and spouses.

Their lawsuit filed Friday against state and local authorities says the men married recently in Maryland, which recognizes gay marriages.

Judge Black’s temporary restraining order supporting their death certificate request was specific to the couple’s case, but opponents of Ohio’s ban on gay marriage are encouraged by it.


1redeye1(5267 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

This just another reason why judges should be elected and NOT appointed . Liberal Bleeding Heart a-hole

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2AtownAugie(804 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Easier to change Ohio's laws than the Arthur family's burial rules it seems.

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3harleydog(243 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

There goes the neighborhood.

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4LtMacGowan(693 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

about time maybe now we can crawl out of the dark ages and legalize gay marriage.

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5DSquared(1532 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Grandpa Arthur now violently spinning in his grave as we speak!

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