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Mon Jul 22, 2013, 08:01 PM Jul 2013

Federal Judge Orders Ohio to Recognize Gay Couple's Marriage [View all]

Source: The Advocate

A federal judge ordered Ohio state officials Monday to recognize a gay couple's marriage performed in Maryland last week, clearing the way for the men to be listed as married on the terminally ill husband's death certificate, according to Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed.

"The end result here and now is that the local Ohio Registrar of death certificates is hereby ORDERED not to accept for recording a death certificate for John Arthur that does not record Mr. Arthur’s status at death as 'married' and James Obergefell as his ‘surviving spouse,'" wrote U.S. District Magistrate Timothy Black Monday, according to the ruling published at BuzzFeed.

Arthur and Obergefell have been together for more than 20 years, and on July 11, the Cincinnati-based couple took a specially equipped medical jet to marry on the tarmac of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Ohio still bans same-sex marriage, but the couple couldn't wait for the law to change, because Arthur suffers from advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neurological disease. Arthur was diagnosed with ALS 26 months ago, and is "certain to die soon," according to the judge's ruling declaring the couple legally wed.

The couple filed suit against Ohio Gov. John Kasich in his official capacity Friday, also naming Ohio attorney general Mike Dewine and the Cincinnati doctor responsible for approving death certificates as defendants, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The judge's ruling will allow the couple to be buried alongside one another on Arthur's family plot, since Arthur's grandfather legally stipulated that only immediate family and their spouses can be buried on the family plot at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Read more: http://www.advocate.com/politics/marriage-equality/2013/07/22/federal-judge-orders-ohio-recognize-gay-couples-marriage

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K & R! LeftofObama Jul 2013 #1
I think the dominos are going to fall very quickly MNBrewer Jul 2013 #2
I agree. William769 Jul 2013 #3
I think so too. Lugnut Jul 2013 #24
HA! irisblue Jul 2013 #4
Fuck the haters (Thank god I'm not a bastard) we can do it Jul 2013 #18
Did the Federal Judge just say something like "up your nose, Herr Kasich, with a rubber hose" indepat Jul 2013 #5
There was also some mention of "twice as far as a candy bar." Orrex Jul 2013 #15
Had not heard that dandy gem indepat Jul 2013 #16
In your ear, with a can of beer: riqster Jul 2013 #17
K&R Ruby the Liberal Jul 2013 #6
This is a big fucking deal. yardwork Jul 2013 #7
Yes it is. William769 Jul 2013 #8
For the first time I feel a glimmer of hope that North Carolina's amendment might fall. yardwork Jul 2013 #9
I think you can pretty much count on that. William769 Jul 2013 #10
I don't know of any suits in NC about equal marriage. We have our hands full here. yardwork Jul 2013 #11
Thats a shame. N.C. is such a beautiful State. William769 Jul 2013 #13
What the hell happened in your state? theHandpuppet Jul 2013 #25
It's a long story. yardwork Jul 2013 #27
The ACLU is planning a challenge of the NC constitutional ban. knowledgeispwr Jul 2013 #21
Thanks for the Info. William769 Jul 2013 #22
That's right. I forgot about that. yardwork Jul 2013 #26
+1 n/t tammywammy Jul 2013 #14
one small, loose domino falls mitchtv Jul 2013 #28
Yes, yes it is !!!!!!1 Marrah_G Jul 2013 #30
Will this ruling apply to Ohio recognizing same sex marriages in general or just this case? pnwmom Jul 2013 #31
... truebluegreen Jul 2013 #12
Damned activist judges again Orrex Jul 2013 #19
Wow this is great LostOne4Ever Jul 2013 #20
Fucking awesome! Firebrand Gary Jul 2013 #23
This is wonderful! n/t JimDandy Jul 2013 #29
About damn time. blkmusclmachine Jul 2013 #32
K&R idwiyo Jul 2013 #33
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