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Judge approves of Ohio's recognition of out-of-state gay unions

A man waves a gay pride flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
A man waves a gay pride flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
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The state of Ohio has gotten one step closer in reversing a ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek on April 5, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black said that he is leaning towards striking down the state's ban on recognizing out-of-state gay unions, saying that the ban is unconstitutional.

Black's ruling will follow the ruling of U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn in Kentucky and federal judge Aleta A. Trauger in Tennessee, who in February struck down similar bans in those states on the grounds that it violated the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples.

This is an incredible time for gay rights, as 21 states and the District of Columbia have now legalized gay marriage either through the legislative process or through the courts. Rulings in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Michigan are currently on stand by while those states appeals the rulings.

Ohio's Attorney General's office has said that if Black strikes down the ban, the state will appeal the ruling.

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