John M. Becker

Ohio Judge Strikes Down State's Marriage Recognition Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | April 14, 2014 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Ohio, same-sex marriage

rainbow-ohio.jpgAs he promised ten days ago, today U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black struck down the state of Ohio's ban on the recognition of legal same-gender marriages.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

"Ohio's marriage recognition is facially unconstitutional and unenforceable under any circumstances," Black said in an order he announced verbally 10 days ago.

"It is this court's responsibility to give meaning and effect to the guarantees and of the federal Constitution for all American citizens and that responsibility is never more pressing than when the fundamental rights of some minority citizens are impacted by the legislative power of the majority."

Black said the "backward evolution in Ohio, from granting accurate birth certificates to adoptive same-sex parents and their children (during Gov. Ted Strickland's term), to the current administration's refusal to do so, is yet another manifestation of the irrational animus motivating defendants' discriminatory treatment of lesbian and gay families."

The ruling does not directly address the constitutionality of Ohio's 2004 voter-approved marriage discrimination amendment. Also, as is typical in these cases, Judge Black stayed the decision, meaning that it won't take effect while the state appeals.

A copy of the ruling is after the jump, via Equality Case Files.

1:14-cv-00129 #28 by Equality Case Files

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