OHIO: Federal Judge Will Strike Down Ban On Recognizing Out-Of-State Marriages

Chris Geidner has the news at Buzzfeed:

Following a hearing Friday, a federal judge in Ohio announced he plans to rule that Ohio has to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples granted out of state. In a docket entry summarizing the hearing, the court stated, “The Court anticipates striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states.” Ohio’s 2004 law and constitutional amendment barring same-sex couples from marrying also bar the state from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples performed elsewhere. The case is not about whether Ohio must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but only the recognition portion of the state’s laws.

If the state appeals the recognition ruling, it will go to the Sixth Circuit Court, which has already been handed marriage-related cases from Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. As you can see, that’s every state in its jurisdiction.