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A summary of same-sex marriage cases before the Sixth Circuit appeals court

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
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:

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Sixth Circuit hearing same-sex marriage arguments from four states

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Duane Lewis, left and his partner Rex Van Alstine, both of Finneytown, Ohio, join hundreds of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
CINCINNATI — A federal appeals court began to hear arguments Wednesday in six gay marriage fights from four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee – in the biggest such session on the issue so far, and hundreds of supporters rallied near the courthouse. Three judges of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati considered arguments ...

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Catholic leader in Ohio urges prayer for court to uphold ‘traditional marriage’

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati-based leader of Roman Catholics in a 19-county archdiocese is urging them to pray that a federal appeals court considering same-sex marriage bans will uphold what he calls "traditional marriage." Archbishop Dennis Schnurr says Ohio's bishops strongly supported the voter-approved 2004 state ban. He says traditional marriage ...

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Federal appeals courts prepare to hear slew of same-sex marriage cases

| Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati is the home of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The court will hear arguments Wednesday in six same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
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 unbroken eight-month streak of rulings in favor of gay marriage, that could make...

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Six marriage appeals before 6th Circuit ring familiar bell in Cincinnati

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Alphonse Gerhardstein
CINCINNATI -- For Chris Seelbach, the legal challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage being argued this week in federal appeals court in Cincinnati mark another milestone - not just for gay rights, but for the city he calls home. He campaigned a decade ago to repeal a 1990s charter amendment that banned the city from protecting people from discrimination ...

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Ohio’s same-sex marriage debate goes beyond courtroom

| Saturday, August 2, 2014
AP (File)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The debate over Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage extends beyond the courtroom to libraries, community centers, living rooms and city streets. Supporters of same-sex marriage are holding town hall meetings and house parties to try to sway more Ohioans to their side. Other backers have circulated petitions at festivals and parades in a push...

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Group backing marriage equality releases television ad in Ohio

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
George-and-Henry
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A group supporting same-sex marriage in Ohio is airing its first television ad as a federal appeals court prepares to hear oral arguments on the issue. The ad from the Why Marriage Matters Ohio campaign features a gay couple from the state who married last October in New York after 50 years together. The two men discuss their long-term relationship ...

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Review board concludes: No same-sex ceremonies allowed at Ohio Statehouse

| Friday, July 18, 2014
Ohio Statehouse, located in Columbus, Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A board has maintained a policy preventing same-sex couples and others without valid Ohio wedding licenses from renting the Ohio Statehouse and its grounds for weddings and receptions. A spokesman for the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, which oversees the Statehouse building and grounds, says a committee reviewed ...

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Ohio AG tells appeals court gay marriage decision should be left to voters

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)
CINCINNATI -- The Ohio Attorney General's Office urged a federal appeals court to reject arguments that the state should have to recognize same-sex marriage, saying the decision should be left to voters. The arguments, filed Tuesday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, are a preview of what's to come on Aug. 6, when a three-judge panel...

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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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