Cincinnati, Ohio April 16, 2014.  U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black ruled today that Ohio must issue birth certificates to four Ohio children – three soon to be born – listing both of their same-sex married parents.  Judge Black stayed the rest of his decision that Ohio’s marriage-recognition ban is unconstitutional until it is reviewed by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Today, for at least these four couples, Ohio is a more affirming place. A place where their families are valued,” said Al Gerhardstein, the families’ lead attorney. “The birth certificates of their children will list both parents.  The implementation of same-sex marriage recognition has started and we are all very excited!  We will try and expedite the appeals process so full marriage recognition for all same-sex couples does not trail too far behind.”

Since the Supreme Court struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, ten courts have ordered their states to recognize and/or celebrate marriages between same-sex couples.  Eight Attorney Generals have also announced they will not defend such laws because they are unconstitutional.  Ohio’s Attorney General, Mike Dewine, has indicated he will continue to defend Ohio’s marriage-ban.

Speaking about the wave of recent judicial decisions, Al Gerhardstein said, “A consensus is finally emerging – the Constitution stands on the side of love.”

Contact:  Al Gerhardstein (o) 513.621.9100 513.621.9100 (c) 513.659.4765 513.659.4765

Erik Roldan, Public Information Officer for Lambda Legal (c) 312.545.8140 312.545.8140,


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