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Judge To End Ohio Ban On Recognizing Gay Marriage

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April 04, 2014 AT 8:28 AM
A federal judge says he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere. Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban. He says he'll issue the ruling April 14 prohibiting Ohio officials from enforcing the ban, which he says violates constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. Attorneys for the state had argued that it's Ohio's sole province to define marriage as between a man and a woman.