Federal Judge to Order Ohio to Cease Discriminating Against Married Gay Couples


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Angela Dallara
Media Relations Manager, Freedom to Marry

New York – Today U.S. District Judge Timothy Black announced that he will strike down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies legal respect to gay couples who have gotten married. He will issue the ruling on or before April 14.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

“Today's decision will make a real difference to legally married gay Ohio couples, affirming that their home state may not deny them and their families legal protections and the basic dignity of treating them as what they are: married. Couples should not have to wonder whether they are still married or not depending on what state line they've crossed. This common-sense and constitutional ruling adds to the momentum across the country in favor of the freedom to marry."

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.