For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Angela Dallara
Media Relations Manager, Freedom to Marry
angela@freedomtomarry.org
646-430-3925

Federal Judge Says OH Must Recognize Out-of-State Marriages for Same-Sex Couples

Ruling Narrowly Focused on Death Certificates

CINCINNATI - Today a federal district judge ruled that Ohio officials must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who married out of state, for the purposes of being listed as married on death certificates.

Marc Solomon, national campaign director of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

The media landscape is changing fast

Our news team is changing too as we work hard to bring you the news that matters most.

Change is coming. And we've got it covered.

“Today’s ruling in federal district court in Ohio powerfully affirms the principle that states cannot pick and choose which legal marriages legally are honored and respected. While this ruling only applies to death certificates in Ohio, it’s a strong demonstration that a marriage patchwork is unsustainable and that the freedom to marry must be affirmed nationwide, as soon as possible.”

Of note, this ruling references Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in the WIndsor ruling striking down DOMA, as did last week's Utah district court decision guaranteeing the freedom to marry.

###

We want a more open and sharing world.

That's why our content is free. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported.

All of our original content is published under Creative Commons—allowing (and encouraging) our articles to be republished freely anywhere. In addition to the traffic and reach our content generates on our site, the multiplying impact of our work is huge and growing as our articles flourish across the Internet and are republished by other large and small online and print outlets around the world.

Several times a year we run brief campaigns to ask our readers to pitch in—and thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Our 2019 Mid-Year Campaign is underway. Can you help? We can't do it without you.

Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America's leading civil rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement.

Share This Article