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Federal judge to force Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

This morning, Judge Timothy Black of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio announced that Ohio will be required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.  As noted in the court’s docket entry: “The Court anticipates striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states.” The ruling will only apply to same-sex marriages performed in other states, and will not require Ohio to allow same-sex marriages to be performed within the state.

In comments to the media, Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine said this ruling was anticipated and will be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on additional reactions here.

Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in constitutional, administrative, and environmental law at the Case Western University School of Law, where he is the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation.
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