Less than an hour after the Supreme Court said states must permit same-sex marriage, Hamilton County Probate Judge Ralph Winkler issued Ohio’s first marriage license to a same-sex couple. Many other Probate Courts in Ohio issued licenses on Friday, including Warren County, Franklin County, and Cuyahoga County. By the end of the day, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered all lower courts, effective immediately, to make all references to husband and wife, mother and father gender neutral to comply with The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell.
By 4:30 p.m. four couples were married on Fountain Square by Mayor John Cranley.
Others were married in courthouses and private ceremonies across Ohio. June 26, 2015 was a great day!