Judge strikes down part of Ohio’s gay marriage ban


Hundreds of people gather outside the Supreme Court building in Washington on June 26, 2013, in anticipation of it gay marriage rulings. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

A federal judge in Ohio ruled Monday that the state must officially recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states -- the latest example of the courts agreeing with advocates for gay marriage.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black does not legalize gay marriage in Ohio, but it does give full marital rights to gay couples who were wed elsewhere.

Black ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage means gay couples "are denied significant liberty interests and fundamental rights without due process of law and in violation of their right to equal protection."

The judge is still evaluating whether to stay the decision while the state appeals the ruling. He said he was inclined to immediately recognize the gay marriages of the four couples who brought the lawsuit, but that decision isn't quite official yet either.

A federal judge in neighboring Kentucky made a similar decision back in April.

The Ohio decision has been expected for some time. State Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has pledged an appeal.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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