Gay Rights Group Seeks To Expand Ohio Marriage Case

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A gay rights group wants to intervene in an existing case in hopes of getting a federal court to overturn Ohio's gay marriage ban and allow same-sex couples to wed in the state.

Equality Ohio and four gay couples living in the state requested permission on Wednesday to intervene in a case before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. That case stems from a federal judge's narrow decision in December ordering Ohio to recognize gay marriages on death certificates.

Equality Ohio's executive director says her group wants to expand the case and seek an order forcing the state to let gay couples marry in Ohio and obtain all the rights that heterosexual couples have.

Attorneys on both sides of the death certificate case oppose Equality Ohio's intervention.