Same-Sex Couples Plan To Marry Out Of State To Be Recognized In Ohio

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Same-sex couples in Central Ohio are preparing to leave the state to get married, in order to receive official recognition of their unions when they return.

These plans come on the heels of a federal judge in Ohio saying he will rule that Ohio must recognize same-sex couples married in other states.

This is something these couples say they have been waiting for and wanting to so badly.

The couples tell 10TV they realize this could all be overturned in the federal court, but for now, they're seizing this opportunity to solidify their love.

"I feel like it was an opportunity that we couldn't pass up," said Leah Kaiser.

Kaiser and Jennifer Lape had a civil ceremony this past summer. They consider themselves married now. They even wear rings, but they're not legally married in the eyes of the law.

"She makes me a better person. I wouldn't be who I am if I wasn't with her," said Lape. "And it will be nice to finally say 'my wife' and it's actually true."

On Friday, they and several other same-sex couples,  will embark on a journey to Chicago to officially get married.

"I think the biggest thing is, we've started talking about having kids. And for us, that's that big piece we need to make sure we have that protection," said Kaiser.

Columbus resident Cara Blessing already has a child and a fiancée. Now, she wants the opportunity to wed.

"When you put limits on love, it affects every part of your life," said Blessing's fiancée, Chelsea Bolyard.

They've picked out rings and are jumping at this chance to solidify their relationship.

"We would love to be able to get paperwork in place to protect our family and ourselves," said Blessing.

For both couples, it's about securing with the state, what they already have in person.

"It feels wonderful to be able to marry the person I want to spend the rest of my life with," said Bolyard.

The couples plan to leave Friday morning. They say they hope to make fast friends and memories that will last a lifetime.