For Immediate Release
Media Relations Manager, Freedom to Marry
Federal Judge to Order Ohio to Cease Discriminating Against Married Gay Couples
WASHINGTON - Today U.S. District Judge Timothy Black announced that he will strike down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies legal respect to gay couples who have gotten married. He will issue the ruling on or before April 14.
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:
“Today's decision will make a real difference to legally married gay Ohio couples, affirming that their home state may not deny them and their families legal protections and the basic dignity of treating them as what they are: married. Couples should not have to wonder whether they are still married or not depending on what state line they've crossed. This common-sense and constitutional ruling adds to the momentum across the country in favor of the freedom to marry."
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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.