U.S. District Judge Timothy Black, in a ruling released today, struck down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies gay couples the freedom to marry and withholds legal respect for gay couples who have gotten married.
The judge, who previewed his ruling earlier this spring, ordered the state to treat couples married elsewhere like any other couples who marry out of state.
The ruling does not require the state to allow same-sex couples to get married in the jurisdiction of Ohio.
Responding, Evan Wolfson of the Freedom to Marry campaign said, "Couples who are married should be treated as married no matter where they are in the country, including Ohio. Couples should not have to play 'now you're married, now you're not' as they travel, work, move, or return home. This is a good day for families and businesses in Ohio, and a good day for the Constitution and America."
The ruling is Black's second in support of marriage equality.
He said Ohio’s ban on recognizing lawful marriages performed out-of-state for gay and lesbian couples violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "Ohio’s marriage recognition bans are facially unconstitutional and unenforceable under any circumstances."
The state is expected to appeal the ruling.