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Same-sex marriage (SSM) in Ohio: Out-of-state
SSMs recognized in OH, but only for dead people.
2014-APR: Will be recognized for live people too.

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On this web site:

"SSM" refers to same-sex marriage.
"LGBT" refers to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual community.

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Contrasting quotations:

bullet "If marriage means everything, it means absolutely nothing." Dr. James C. Dobson, of Focus on the Family.

bullet "A loving man and woman in a committed relationship can marry. Dogs, no matter what their relationship, are not allowed to marry. How should society treat gays and lesbians in committed relationships? As dogs or as humans?" From a posting to an Internet mailing list; used by permission of the author.

Timeline concerning same-sex marriage in Ohio:

  • 2004: The state constitution was modified to ban same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships. Loving, committed same-sex couples are to be continued to be treated as "legal strangers" -- as roommates without any recognition of their relationship or protections for themselves and their children.

  • 2013-APR: Poll shows that 54% of Ohio adults support a proposal to repeal the constitutional ban on SSM. This is very similar to national polls at the time.

  • 2013-JUL: A couple, John Arthur, 47 and Jim Obergefell, married in Maryland, returned to Ohio, and launched a lawsuit to have their death certificates indicate that they had been married. They needed that in order to be buried together in the family cemetary plot. They won their case. The judge in federal District Court issued a temporary injunction ordering that their death certificates indicate that they were married. This temporary injunction was made permanent for all same-sex marriages by residents of Ohio who had solemnized their marriages outside of Ohio. Working on the basis that one married same-sex couple is too many in Ohio, the state is appealing the ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Originally written: 2013-JUL-25
Latest update: 2014-APR-14
Author: B.A. Robinson

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