Federal judge rules Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages on death certificates

12/30/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

A federal judge ruled last week that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages on death certificates. The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit by two gay men whose spouses had recently died, this article says. Judge Timothy Black cited the Supreme Court's June ruling striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act in his decision. "[T]he question presented is whether a state can do what the federal government cannot... . Under the Constitution of the United States, the answer is no," Black wrote.

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