Ohio is the Newest State Honoring Gay Marriages



This morning, many awaited word on whether Ohio would be the next state to honor gay marriage. By the time lunch rolled around, a federal judge had already issued a ruling for gay marriage in Midwestern state. The ruling orders the state of Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who have wed in other states that already allow gay marriage. Most see this as a stepping stone to Ohio issuing same-sex marriages.

Back on April 4th, Judge Timothy Black indicated that he anticipates ruling on the 14th, and will order  Ohio to recognize gay marriages from out-of-state. To do otherwise, he explained, would violate constitutional rights and would deny a fundamental right for people to choose who they want to marry, and how, without the interference of the State in their private lives.

After today’s ruling, same-sex couples in Ohio will be able to obtain the same benefits as any other married couple, provided they married out-of-state. 

This will include property rights as well as the right to make certain medical decisions for their partner. 

But there is some talk that the state plans to appeal Black’s ruling. The counter argument will be that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage, which was voted on in 2004. Back then, voters overwhelmingly supported State interference with the rights of homosexual couples.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, in a statement to The Associated Press last Wednesday, that he believes marriage is between a man and woman, and that  the State has the right to enforce that view.

“My job as attorney general is to defend statutes and defend Ohio’s constitutional provisions,” he explained. “This was voted on by voters so my job is to do that.”

“Every state is having a lively debate over this and I think that’s a proper thing to do,” he continued. “I think it’s pretty obvious that all these issues are going to be resolved by the 6th Circuit and some cases are going to get to the Supreme Court. They’re going to have a decision in the United States Supreme Court and we’re all going to have to accept that.”

(Article by M.B. David)  Reprinted with permission from Political Blind Spot