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Federal judge rules that Ohio must recognize outside same-sex marriages

A same-sex couple
A same-sex couple
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A federal judge in Ohio ruled that the state must recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in other states.

According to the Columbus Dispatch on April 15, U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black's ruling will open the door for same-sex couples who move to Ohio to receive the same benefits that they received in their home state, such as bereavement leave, taxes and survivor benefits.

In his official opinion, Black stated:

"Ohio's marriage recognition is facially unconstitutional and unforceable under any circumstances."

The ruling does not legalize same-sex marriage in Ohio -- voters in 2004 approved the ban -- which still stands for now. The ruling only states that if a same-sex marriage couple were married in a state that allows it, than the state of Ohio must recognized those as valid marriages and provide the same benefits as heterosexual couples.

The judge immediately issued a temporary stay on his decision to give attorneys on both sides to file legal briefs. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told the Dispatch that he will appeal the decision.

Stay tuned.

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