Obergefell v. Hodges
Obergefell v. Hodges (prev. Obergefell v. Himes, Obergefell v. Wymyslo, Obergefell v. Kasich) is a federal court challenge filed July 19, 2013, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, by James Obergefell and John Arthur, a same-sex couple alleging that the state discriminates against same-sex couples who have married lawfully out-of-state. Arthur, who was terminally ill and suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sought to identify Obergefell as his surviving spouse on his death certificate based on their July 11, 2013 marriage on 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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Jim Obergefell hadn't thought about becoming one of the most visible figures in the marriage-equality movement. He just wanted to marry the love of his life for 21 years.
The wedding, performed on an airport tarmac in 2013, has become iconic within the marriage equality movement, a testament to a couple’s commitment and to the absurd lengths necessary to undertake for a simple ceremony. [...]
With the Ohio response, there are now four new same-sex marriage cases that are nearly ready for the Justices’ first look. [...]
WASHINGTON -- A same-sex couple from Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the Supreme Court. The couple's plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from getting married violate [...]
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union on Friday filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling upholding same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states. The Sixth Circuit is the only federal circuit court [...]
One side was euphoric, the other dismayed, but both foes and supporters of same-sex marriage swiftly turned their attention to the U.S. Supreme Court after an against-the-grain appeals court ruling upheld bans or restrictions on gay marriage in four states. The 2-1 ruling Thursday by the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit [...]
CINCINNATI — A state official says that Ohio has traditionally defined marriage as between a man and woman, and that same-sex marriage is too new to be considered a deeply rooted, fundamental right. State solicitor Eric Murphy argued Wednesday in favor of the ban on same-sex marriage passed by Ohio [...]
The Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in six gay marriage fights from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday, setting the stage for one ruling. Each case deals with whether statewide gay marriage bans violate the Constitution. A look at the cases:
CINCINNATI -- Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict. If the appeals courts continue the [...]
“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 [...]