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Obergefell v. Himes

Obergefell v. Himeson a tarmac at a Maryland airport. The couple was granted a temporary retraining order prohibiting state officials from listing Arthur as unmarried on his death certificate, in the event he died before the court could consider the case. Arthur died on Oct. 22, 2013.

On Dec. 23, 2013, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black ordered Ohio authorities to recognize same-sex marriages on death certificates, saying the state’s ban on such unions is unconstitutional and that states cannot discriminate against same-sex couples simply because some voters “don’t like homosexuality.” The narrow ruling applied only to death certificates. Ohio’s attorney general has said the state would appeal.

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A perfect day, one year ago: The wedding that could topple Ohio’s gay marriage ban

| Friday, July 11, 2014
Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Jim Obergefell, left and John Arthur, right, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, in a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Glen Burnie, Md. Federal Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, questioned the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on gay marriage and whether state officials have the authority to refuse to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states. Black earlier ruled in favor of the couple in a lawsuit seeking to recognize the couples' marriage on Arthur’s death certificate before he died in October from ALS.
“We were together 20 years and 10 months,” Jim Obergefell says, sitting at the dining table of the couple’s condo in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood. Obergefell just tried watching the video of their July 2013 wedding, but he couldn’t get past John’s first words to the camera. It’s too soon after his husband’s passing, from ALS, last October. And John Arthur, at age 48, passed too soon.

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Oral arguments set in appeal of Michigan, three other states same-sex marriage rulings

| Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press   (AP)Supporters and protesters chant before closing arguments in the trial of two Detroit-area nurses, Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban at the Theodore Levin Federal Court in Detroit Friday March 7, 2014.
DETROIT -- Oral arguments have been scheduled by a federal appeals court in the appeals of same-sex marriage rulings in Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said in a court filing Monday that it would hear arguments in the cases on August 6.

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Ohio appeals ruling that state recognize gay marriages on death certificates

| Thursday, January 16, 2014
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.
CINCINNATI -- Ohio authorities have appealed a federal judge's ruling ordering them to recognize gay marriages on death certificates.

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Democratic challenger urges Ohio AG to drop appeal of marriage ruling

| Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Democrat challenging Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is calling attention to the Republican’s ongoing fight against a deceased gay man whose last wish was to be counted as married on his death certificate.

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Ohio ruling likely to spark litigation aimed at striking down gay marriage ban

| Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer (AP)In this July 11, 2013 file photo, Jim Obergefell, left and John Arthur, right, are married by officiant Paulette Roberts, in a plane on the tarmac at Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Glen Burnie, Md. Federal Judge Timothy Black on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, questioned the constitutionality of Ohio's ban on gay marriage and whether state officials have the authority to refuse to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states. Black earlier ruled in favor of the couple in a lawsuit seeking to recognize the couples' marriage on Arthur’s death certificate before he died in October from ALS.
CINCINNATI — A federal judge’s decision ordering Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates may be a narrow ruling, but observers – and even the judge himself – predict it will spark further litigation aimed at striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Federal judge hears arguments in Ohio same-sex marriage lawsuit

| Thursday, October 31, 2013
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge is considering whether to allow a funeral director to remain on a lawsuit that seeks to have gay marriages recognized on Ohio death certificates despite a statewide ban, saying after a lively court hearing in Cincinnati on Wednesday that he would act quickly in the matter.

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Ohio man who challenged state’s gay marriage ban dies

| Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Gary Landers, Cincinnati Enquirer/APJim Obergefell, right, and John Arthur return from their wedding flight at Cincinnati's Lunken Airport. The couple were married during a short ceremony on the plane, on the tarmac, at Baltimore/Washington International Airport on July 11, after flying in from Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI -- John Arthur, who with his longtime partner helped lead a legal challenge to Ohio's ban on gay marriage, died early Tuesday, his attorney and a funeral home director said.

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Lawsuit over same-sex marriage, death certificates expanded in Ohio

| Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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CINCINNATI -- A lawsuit seeking to have the marriages of two gay couples recognized on death certificates has been expanded to include all similarly situated couples in Ohio, despite a statewide ban on same sex marriage.

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Ohio lawmaker wants federal judge impeached for same-sex marriage rulings

| Monday, September 23, 2013
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An Ohio state lawmaker wants the U.S. Congress to impeach a federal judge who ordered state officials to recognize the same-sex marriages of a deceased man and another terminally ill man on their death certificates.

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Judge sides with Ohio couple; orders gay man listed as married on death certificate

| Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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A recently deceased gay Ohio man must be listed on his death certificate as married and his husband must be listed as his spouse despite Ohio's gay marriage ban, a federal judge ordered Tuesday.

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