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U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black

Judge stays ruling on Ohio recognition of lawful same-sex marriages

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge has put on hold the majority of what attorneys have called a "momentous" change to Ohio's gay marriage law. [ Read more → ]
Attorney Al Gerhardstein, left, stands with several same-sex couples at a news conference, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Cincinnati. Civil rights attorneys are arguing in Federal Court on Friday that a federal judge should prohibit Ohio officials from enforcing the state's ban on gay marriage.

Federal judge considers staying Ohio same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge who ordered Ohio to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states says he's inclined to issue a stay of his decision pending appeal, meaning most gay couples living in the state would see no immediate tangible expansion of their rights. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge orders Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Monday, April 14, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge on Monday ordered Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, the latest court victory for gay rights supporters. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black

Federal judge expected to issue key ruling on Ohio same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 14, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge is expected to issue what could be the most sweeping ruling yet for gay marriage in Ohio by ordering the state to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states that allow same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.

Ohio same-sex couples eagerly await Monday’s marriage ruling

Sunday, April 13, 2014
[caption id="attachment_135316" align="alignleft" width="665"][media-credit name="Al Behrman, AP" align="alignleft" width="665"][/media-credit] Nicole, left, and Pam Yorksmith, a Cincinnati couple who married in California in 2008 and have a 3-year-old son, are among the four couples who filed the lawsuit challenging Ohio's gay marriage ban.[/caption] CINCINNATI -- Pam... [ Read more → ]
Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), left, and Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)

Ohio governor backs AG’s plan to fight against same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday that he supports the decision of his fellow Republican, Attorney General Mike DeWine, to appeal a court ruling that would force Ohio to recognize the legal, out-of-state marriages of its gay and lesbian residents. [caption id="attachment_134711"... [ Read more → ]
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Ohio lawmaker renews call for judge’s impeachment over gay marriage ruling

Monday, April 7, 2014
CINCINNATI -- An Ohio state lawmaker has reiterated his call for the impeachment of a federal judge who plans to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge to order Ohio to recognize legal same-sex marriages

Friday, April 4, 2014
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge said Friday that he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, a move that stops short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings but will make the state recognize gay couples legally wed elsewhere. [ Read more → ]
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.

Democratic challenger urges Ohio AG to drop appeal of marriage ruling

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy Black

Narrow ruling on death certificates rejects Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, December 23, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge has declared in a ruling that applies only to death certificates that Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black

Federal judge questions if Ohio officials can refuse to recognize legal gay unions

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
CINCINNATI -- Both sides of a fight over whether same-sex marriage should be recognized on Ohio death certificates despite a statewide constitutional ban were set to argue their cases in front of a federal judge in Cincinnati. [ Read more → ]
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur are plaintiffs in the federal suit agaist Ohio. Arthur died on Oct. 22.

Federal judge hears arguments in Ohio same-sex marriage lawsuit

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

Ohio man who challenged state’s gay marriage ban dies

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black

Judge at center of Ohio gay marriage ruling infuriates some, hailed by others

Monday, October 21, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge who recently ordered the marriages of two gay couples to be recognized in Ohio despite a statewide constitutional ban has infuriated some conservatives who paint him as a liberal activist judge who should be impeached, while his supporters say he's a fair and thoughtful adjudicator. [ Read more → ]
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Idaho lawmaker questions legality of new tax rules for married, same-sex couples

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -- A state lawmaker contends that Idaho's tax collectors risk violating the U.S. Constitution by requiring same-sex couples who are legally married elsewhere to do extra work when filing their state income taxes. [ Read more → ]
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Lawsuit over same-sex marriage, death certificates expanded in Ohio

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
John Becker Ohio

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

Monday, September 23, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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Judge sides with Ohio couple; orders gay man listed as married on death certificate

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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.

Judge extends order that Ohio recognize dying man’s same-sex marriage

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A federal judge on Tuesday extended a temporary restraining order preventing state authorities from enforcing their ban on gay marriage against two men who got married in another state as one of them nears death. [ Read more → ]
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.

Ruling on terminally ill gay man’s death certificate may spawn new suits

Saturday, July 27, 2013
CINCINNATI -- A same-sex couple who successfully sued to get their out-of-state marriage recognized in Ohio despite a state ban are at the forefront of what supporters and experts believe will be a rush of similar lawsuits aiming to take advantage of an apparent legal loophole. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)

UPDATED: Ohio AG says ‘no appeal planned’ in terminally ill gay man’s death certificate

Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will appeal a federal judge's ruling that state officials must recognize the marriage of a gay couple that was performed in Maryland on the death certificate of one of the men who is terminally ill. [ Read more → ]
Jim Obergefell (left) and John Arthur

Federal judge orders Ohio to recognize terminally ill man’s same-sex marriage

Monday, July 22, 2013
A federal judge in Ohio on Monday ordered state officials to recognize the marriage of a gay couple that was performed in Maryland on the death certificate of one of the men who is terminally ill, noting that he “is certain to die soon.” [ Read more → ]
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