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Ohio Gay Marriage Lawsuit Expanded to Include All Similarly Situated Couples


Federal Judge Timothy Black, who is facing the threat of impeachment from conservative Republican lawmakers in Ohio, yesterday expanded a lawsuit challenging Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage, the AP reports:

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 gay marriage ban. Attorneys are asking a federal judge to require Ohio's health department to order all funeral directors and coroners in the state to list gay clients as married if they were legally wed in other states. Judge Timothy Black approved a request to expand the lawsuit Wednesday.

John Arthur and Jim Obergefell originally filed the suit after chartering a plane to Maryland where they were married on the airport tarmac. Arthur is terminally-ill with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Earlier this week, Ohio state Rep. John Becker threatened Black with impeachment for "malfeasance and abuse of power" and is calling on Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) to start the proceedings.

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  1. Why don't Republicans just move to Russia?

    Posted by: litper | Sep 26, 2013 9:53:18 AM

  2. Can we just agree that Rep. John Becker Judge Black with impeachment. A state legislator has no power whatsoever to impeach a federal judge.

    Posted by: LS | Sep 26, 2013 10:05:53 AM

  3. How does listing a gay person as married in a funeral notice affect Republicans? The GOP is increasingly proving themselves irrelevant. I agree with Litper.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Sep 26, 2013 10:07:49 AM

  4. @FernLaPlante - Republicans insist that the Constitution does not apply to people they hate. They hate gay people. Therefore, the Full Faith and Credit Clause does not apply to gay people. QED.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 26, 2013 10:27:18 AM

  5. The dominoes continue to fall...

    Posted by: Howard | Sep 26, 2013 12:15:43 PM

  6. There will be no universal equality in the US until religion is separated from politics as it is supposed to be.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Sep 26, 2013 12:31:14 PM

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