US: Judge to strike down Ohio same-sex marriage ban

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A federal judge has announced that he plans to issue a ruling to strike down the state of Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban, meaning it must recognise the marriages of same-sex couples performed elsewhere.

On Friday, federal judge Timothy Black heard closing arguments in a case against the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Reports suggest the ruling will come on 14 April.

To attorney Al Gerhardstein, Black confirmed that he would issue a ruling striking down all aspects of the state’s ban on same sex marriage.

Gerhardstein had amended his request, saying he previously only asked for out-of-state same-sex marriages to be recognised in Ohio.

The ruling does not mean same-sex marriages can take place in Ohio.

Black already in December issued a limited ruling which ordered the state to recognise same-sex marriages for death certificate purposes.

The state’s Attorney General has already said he will appeal the ruling.