UPDATE: Ohio Man Who Challenged Gay Marriage Ban Dies

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE 10/22/2013 12:30 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) - A man who with his longtime partner helped lead a challenge to Ohio's ban on gay marriage has died.

A funeral home director and the attorney for John Arthur confirm that he died early Tuesday at home. He had suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease.

Arthur and James Obergefell, both 47, flew to Maryland in June to marry. They then sued for recognition of their marriage in Ohio so they can be buried next to each other in Arthur's family plot.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black found in favor of the couple. He wrote that they deserved to be treated with respect and that Ohio law historically has recognized out-of-state marriages as valid as long as they were legal where they took place, citing marriages between cousins and involving minors.

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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 on Tuesday. 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.

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