Ohio Judge Issues Final Order On Gay Marriage

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CINCINNATI (AP) – A judge whose rulings on gay marriage in Ohio led to last summer’s landmark Supreme Court legalization decision has issued a final order declaring the state’s ban unconstitutional.

At issue in the cases before Cincinnati federal judge Timothy Black was whether Ohio should recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married in other states, and whether the state should recognize gay marriages on death certificates.

Black previously ruled in favor of gay couples in both cases. The judge on Monday issued his final order based on last summer’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country.

Black gave the Ohio Health Department a month to publicize his ruling. The judge said posting it on the agency’s website was sufficient.