Judge Timothy Black has ruled that Ohio must recognize gay marriages performed in another state where they’re legal. He has indicated that he is likely to stay his ruling pending appeal. The good news is, there’s a good possibility that all four plaintiff couples will be treated as married in the meantime. Everyone else would have to wait until the appeal.
Ohio’s Republican attorney general Mike DeWine isn’t completely against marriage equality. Ok. He has said he’ll appeal the ruling saying that Ohio must recognize marriages conducted out-of-state, but he did count the required signatures and rule that the summary of a new constitutional amendment that allows same-sex marriage provided by its supporters is “fair and truthful” This means that the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment is headed to the Ohio Ballot Board where it will be determined if it deals with only one issue or multiple issues. Assuming it’s found to only deal with one issue, 385,000 signatures will have to be gathered before the amendment can appear on ballots.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Black has announced that he will rule that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states on April 14 so the state can file its appeal as soon as he rules.
The self-proclaimed “People’s House” claims not to have a position on same-sex marriage, but you need a marriage license from the state of Ohio to get married there, which Ohio’s Constitution says you can’t have.
Ohio bans same-sex marriage by both constitutional amendment and state law
On April 14, 2014 U.S. District Judge Timothy Black is expected to rule that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The Social Security Administration announced on Friday that it will begin offering partner benefits to same-sex couples, but BuzzFeed reports the benefits will not be applied as consistently as some other federal benefits available to same-sex couples since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. For now only married same-sex couples who live in a state that recognizes their marriages will be eligible to receive the Social Security spousal benefit.
In just the past year, six states legalized same-sex marriage though the political process. Legislatures are being pressed in three other states that are likely to follow suit: New Jersey, Hawaii and Illinois. In Oregon, an effort to reverse a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage through a November 2014 ballot measure is under way. Challenges to similar bans in Nevada, Colorado and Ohio could be in store for November 2016.