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UPDATE: Couples Sue to Force Ohio's Hand on Gay Marriage

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/10/2014 2:05 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) - Four married gay couples filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates.

The lawsuit was filed by the same attorneys who won a ruling in December in which a federal judge ordered Ohio to recognize gay marriage on death certificates. That ruling is being appealed.

The plaintiffs in the new lawsuit include three lesbian couples living in the Cincinnati area who were recently married in states that have legalized gay marriage. One woman in each of those marriages is pregnant through artificial insemination, and their babies all are due to be born this summer in Cincinnati hospitals.

The fourth couple lives in New York, where gay marriage is legal, and last year adopted a boy who was born in Ohio.

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CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal judge's ruling ordering Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates adds momentum to hopes of overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Judge Timothy Black's Monday ruling also is raising the divisive issue's profile ahead of the 2014 state elections.

In his ruling, Black says Ohio's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and designed primarily "to disparage and demean the dignity of same-sex couples in the eyes of the state and the wider community."

Black stopped short of striking down the ban altogether but predicted that his ruling would spark further litigation aimed at striking it down.

Additionally, gay marriage supporters say they've collected enough signatures to put the issue back on the Ohio ballot next year.

Opponents say they're ready for that fight.

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