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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is planning to appeal a judge's order that would require Ohio to recognize the marriage of John Arthur and Jim Obergefell.  The below link tells their story better than I could.

http://thinkprogress.org/...

I'm not going to put anything below the fold here.  This may not be long enough to even qualify as a diary, but I don't see this story anywhere on the front page, and dammit, this needs front page attention.

I just called Mike DeWine's office and had an argument with the Chief Counsel there (I think - I was too incoherent with rage to really get the woman's name, but I did call the Chief Counsel's office).  Ohio's position is that they have to "defend the wishes of the voters."  This...inhuman...position is just...there are no words.

Here's a list of phone numbers in Mike DeWine's office.  Call one of them.  Call all of them.  Be civil.  Don't harass.  But be firm.  

http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/...

I can't imagine what my husband and I would do in this situation.  I just can't.  We can't be married in Oregon because of a similar law to the one Ohio has, but our attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, has stated that out of state marriages (we're married in California) will be recognized.  If my husband were dying, and I had to fight the state to put me on his death certificate, and allow me to claim a burial plot next to him, and all of those truly HUMAN things that people who love each other should be automatically entitled to...I just don't know what I'd do.  

This is sickening.  Let Mike DeWine and his staff know how you feel.  Please.  The phone numbers I posted above are answered by humans (well, the one for the General Counsel is), and I think they're actually direct lines.

3:04 PM PT: Also, I tweeted @Maddow with a link to the story and the phone numbers - might be a good idea for more folks to bring it to Rachel's attention as well.

3:24 PM PT: Laura Clawson has another excellent diary on this:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

including these words from a Judge in Ohio:

"Throughout Ohio’s history, Ohio law has been clear: a marriage solemnized outside of Ohio is valid in Ohio if it is valid where solemnized. [...] How then can Ohio, especially given the historical status of Ohio law, single out same sex marriages as ones it will not recognize? The short answer is that Ohio cannot ... at least not under the circumstances here."

Originally posted to Sinister on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM PDT.

Also republished by Angry Gays, Milk Men And Women, LGBT Kos Community, and Kossacks for Marriage Equality.

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