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Monday, December 23, 2013

Courts - Gay marriage in Utah not stayed; Ohio federal judge says that state's ban is unconstitutional

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has the latest word, as of 5:05 PM, on the Utah case. The State of Utah has been trying to postpone implementation of the federal district court opinion, but the judge in that case has refused the delay. Next step for the State is the 10th Circuit.

Here is a NYT story on the same, headed "Judge Allows Same-Sex Weddings to Continue in Utah."

Meanwhile, today an Ohio federal district court judge has, according to this long, just-updated AP story by Amanda Lee Myers:

... ordered Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates, saying the state's ban on such unions is unconstitutional and that states cannot discriminate against same-sex couples simply because some voters don't like homosexuality.

Although Judge Timothy Black's ruling applies only to death certificates, his statements about Ohio's gay-marriage ban are sweeping, unequivocal, and are expected to incite further litigation challenging the law. Ohio's attorney general said the state will appeal.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 23, 2013 05:12 PM
Posted to Courts in general