USA, Ohio: Judge Says State Must Recognize Same Sex Marriages Weddings Performed Elsewhere

Written by scott on April 15th, 2014

OhioOhio took a step closer to full marriage equality yesterday, when a Judge told the state it must recognize the marriages of same sex couples who wed in other states.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Judge Timothy Black ruled that refusing to recognize lawfully performed same-sex marriages is a violation of constitutional rights and “unenforceable in all circumstances. The record before this court … is staggeringly devoid of any legitimate justification for the state’s ongoing arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” Black wrote. he state plans to appeal Black’s ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which voters did overwhelmingly in 2004.

While the ruling leaves intact the ban on same sex weddings within the state, for now, it seems likely that too, would be struck down under the logic the judge used, if it were challenged directly.

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