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Natalie Dicou (L) and her partner Nicole Christensen wait to get married at the Salt Lake County Clerks office in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 20, 2013. A federal judge struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional on Friday, handing a
Next in Ohio?
A marriage equality judgment is coming in Ohio—soon:
Federal Judge Timothy Black says he will issue a ruling April 14 striking down Ohio's gay marriage ban passed by voters in 2004. Attorney Al Gerhardstein, representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit about birth certificates, amended his request to ask Black to declare all aspects of Ohio's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. In federal court Friday morning, the judge said he would do that.
In the original lawsuit, three lesbian couples asked that Ohio be required to honor out-of-state marriages by putting the names of both mothers on the birth certificates of their as yet unborn children. Judge Black previously ordered Ohio to record a man as married and his husband as his surviving spouse on his death certificate.

There's no word yet on whether Black will stay his ruling or whether the state will appeal.

12:17 PM PT: It's now being reported that the ruling will be more limited:

CORRECTION: Judge says he will order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. (Previously said judge would strike down Ohio ban.)

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:55 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, LGBT Rights are Human Rights, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Full Faith and Credit Clause: Take that, MS! /nt (3+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 09:57:44 AM PDT

  •  Wow, Expanding the Case to the Entire Concept. nt (6+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 10:06:09 AM PDT

  •  The anti-issue was placed on the Ohio ballot (1+ / 0-)
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    in 2004 at the behest of Karl Rove to boost fundie voter  turn out and to raise even more money from conservative christian voters and organizations. It did both but even so without manipulation of the vote Ohio would have gone blue.

    Life is just a bowl of Cherries, that stain your hands and clothes and have pits that break your teeth.

    by OHdog on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 11:08:10 AM PDT

  •  This case deals solely with the (2+ / 0-)
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    librarisingnsf, Uncle Moji

    recognition of out-of-state same sex marriages.  The minute entry is here.

    Minute entry: This civil action came on before the Court on oral argument on Plaintiffs' Motion for Permanent Injunction and Declaratory Judgment (Doc. 18) on 4/4/2014 at 10:00 a.m. Attorneys Al Gerhardstein, Susan Sommer, Ellen Essig, Lisa Meeks, and Adam Gerhardstein appeared with Plaintiffs Brittani Henry, Brittni Rogers, Georgia Nicole Yorksmith, Pamela Yorksmith, Kelly Noe, Kelly McCracken, Joseph Vitale, and Robert Talmas. Attorneys Ryan Richardson, Bridget Coontz, and Zachery Keller appeared on behalf of Defendant Wymyslo. Attorney Peter Stackpole appeared on behalf of Defendant Jones. Arguments were presented to the Court. A written decision will issue on or before 4/14/14. The Court anticipates striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio's bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states. (Court Reporter Jodie Perkins (Official).) (mr1) (Entered: 04/04/2014)
    emphasis mine

    I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 11:55:50 AM PDT

    •  ianal but (1+ / 0-)

      ianal but it seems a stay would not be as neccessary as the other recent rulings.  this ruling is about forcing ohio to recognize marriages performed out of state.  it will not, in itself, allow for marriages to be performed in ohio.  

      The DNC fired people up, the RNC just wanted to fire a person.

      by magicman3315 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:20:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Precisely. Although, I have little doubt (0+ / 0-)

        that DeWine will ask for a stay, either from this court, or from the Circuit Court.

        I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. -- President Barack Obama

        by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:23:09 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  It's a matter of time, (0+ / 0-)

      If you require entities to recognize the legality of a marriage performed in another state, and those entities cannot refuse to recognize the same legal rights and privileges associated with Ohio performed marriages, then Ohio's ban on performing Ohio same sex marriage remains, but the rights of all legally married same sex persons is upheld - I have the right to survivorship, to tax benefits, to hospital visitation, to shared debt, to guardianship to all those rights, benefits, and responsibilities with my husband in Ohio, as does Mike DeWine and his wife.  The only difference is that Mike DeWine may have an Ohio marriage license, and ours is Massachusetts, but same is same does.

      Of course, Ohio still retains a law that allows a restaurant owner to refuse service to gays, but that's next...

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of these United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 12:51:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Can the judge also (0+ / 0-)

    Overturn Bush's reelection, and all the laws, judges and the court rulings as a result of that 2004 campaign while he is at it? Please?

    •  Well, it does appear the Spreme Court thinks it (0+ / 0-)

      it is not only possible, but has started itself well on the way to doing as much as it can this Term to get it done.  The decision to end all "caps" of election monies for Congress is hell-bent reactionary regressivism, champing at the bit to get back to the True Conservative 19th Century idea of "the best government money can buy".  And the current Chief Justice has both the reins and the "buggy whip" in his hand, to keep the move rolling along at top speed.

      Of course, it really isn't likely that laws, and court rulings, favoring a Bush will ever be overturned.  But, then again, True Conservative Patriotism comes into play here.  Sort of like True Conservative ethics, that is - "When you're bought, you stay bought."  And you ALWAYS DO WHAT YOUR BUYER SEES AS THE "RIGHT THING TO DO"!

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