Ohio's Gay Marriage Ban Rejected in Ruling, Balllot Vote Possible in 2014

With New Mexico and Utah rounding out the year by declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, Ohio is now making some progress of its own. U.S. Magistrate Timothy Black ruled Monday that Ohio should recognize same-sex marriages on death certificates — even if those marriages took place out-of-state. “This conclusion flows from the Windsor (DOMA) decision of the United States Supreme Court this past summer, which held that the federal government cannot refuse to recognize a valid same-sex marriage,” Black wrote. His ruling continues:

It's not an entirely unexpected move, and it draws on a precedent Black set in a case two months ago. A terminally-ill Ohio man married his long-term partner in Maryland, prompting Black to rule that the marriage would be regarded as legal — the provision he reinforced today.

And this won't be the last Ohio sees of the issue: Former Attorney General Jim Petro is working with activist groups on plans to get the vote for same-sex marriage on the ballot for 2014.