April 4, 2014 | by Chris Johnson
Court expects to strike down Ohio ban on marriage recognition
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A federal court judge in Ohio announced Friday he expects to deliver a ruling in the coming days striking down a portion of state law barring recognition of same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

According to the court docket for Henry v. Wymyslo, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black said following arguments he’ll render the decision as a result of a lawsuit where plaintiff same-sex couples are seeking recognition of their marriages for the purposes of having both parents’ names on the birth certificates of children.

“A written decision will issue on or before 4/14/14,” the docket says. “The Court anticipates striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states.”

It’s the same judge who ruled in the case of Obergefell v. Wymyslo that Ohio must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages for the purposes of death certificates. That case is currently pending before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals along with marriage equality lawsuits in the three other states within the judicial circuit.

Christine Link, executive order of ACLU of Ohio, praised Black for making the announcement, saying it “represents another step forward in the march toward full LGBT equality in Ohio.”

“We are committed to achieving LGBT equality in all aspects of life, including employment, housing, and marriage,” Link said. “While this is by no means the final court to weigh in on this question in Ohio, this announcement brings us one step closer to the promise of full rights and freedoms for all Ohioans.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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