If the Supreme Court of the United States declares Ohio’s ban on same sex marriages unconstitutional, some of Ohio’s 88 probate courts have already stated they will allow same sex couples to apply for marriage licenses immediately.  If you live in Ohio you must apply for your marriage license at your home county probate court but can be married anywhere in Ohio.  Check your county’s website for the details (both must be in person, paperwork to bring, fees) before showing up.  Check this website for up-to-date information.  http://action.wmmoh.org/page/content/decisionday/ Here is a list of Counties which have announced their plans as of June 24th:

  • Athens
  • Champaign (“we’re ready for anything”)
  • Clark (prepared to issue gender neutral licenses)
  • Clermont (will follow the law)
  • Cuyahoga (immediately, extra staff, gender neutral forms)
  • Delaware (immediately, extra staff, gender neutral forms)
  • Fairfield (will be ready same day, gender neutral forms)
  • Franklin (immediately, extra staff and extended hours if in line at 4:30, gender neutral licenses), apply on-line now:
  • Hamilton (immediately, extra staff, may give out numbers if too many folks show up at once, apply on-line now: http://www.probatect.org/marriagelicenses/index.htm
  • Knox (expected to issue licenses same day)
  • Lake (within a day or two)
  • Licking (we are ready to roll)
  • Lorain (no delay once the ruling is understood, extra staff, gender neutral forms)
  • Lucas (ready for whatever SCOTUS does, gender neutral forms, ready for extra business)
  • Madison (will be ready same day, gender neutral forms)
  • Mahoning (is preparing, gender neutral forms)
  • Medina (don’t know how long it will take)
  • Montgomery (expected to issue licenses same day)
  • Pickaway (will follow the decision)
  • Portage (court to close on decision day to prepare forms and reopen next day)
  • Stark (immediately, gender neutral forms)
  • Summit (immediately, extra staff)
  • Union (will be ready same day, gender neutral forms)
  • Warren (will follow the decision, creating gender neutral forms)

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