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Ohio must now recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states

A new court ruling requires Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
A new court ruling requires Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
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Same-sex couples have been long fighting to get marriages recognized that were performed out of state, and now the state of Ohio is required to do so.

On Friday, Judge Timothy Black of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio announced that Ohio will be required to recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in other states.

The court docket's entry states the following, "The Court anticipates striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio's bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states."

The ruling does not require same-sex marriages to be performed in Ohio, and it only applies to same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Many same-sex couples are rejoicing, but several states are following a different path as they seek to pass House Bill 1023, "The Preservation of Religious Freedom Act."

This bill, recently passed in Arizona, gives individuals, businesses and other entities the right to refuse service to gay people if it violates religious beliefs.

The bill excuses you from any legal consequences for refusing to perform the deed or service.

The battle over same-sex couples continues, and Georgia may be the next state to pass the controversial law.

Do you think business owners should serve be allowed to refuse service if it violates the owner's religious beliefs?