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Federal Judge Announces He Will Strike Down Ohio’s Ban on Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

Cincinnati, Ohio, April 4, 2014 – After oral arguments in Henry et al., v. Wymyslo et al., Federal Judge Timothy Black of the Southern District of Ohio announced from the bench that he will issue a written decision on or before April 14, 2014, that will strike down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states.

The case did not involve unmarried plaintiffs and therefore did not address the right to marry.  But it will serve as an important precedent for such a case.  The firm has been approached by potential plaintiffs seeking the right to marry in Ohio.  The Judge has not indicated if he will issue a stay delaying the effective date of any part of his ruling