Ohio Couples React To Same-Sex Marriage Announcement


UPDATED: Saturday April 5, 2014 8:58 AM

Ohio could be on the brink of a major ruling in the fight over same-sex marriage.

A Cincinnati judge has indicated his plans to strike down the ban on recognizing marriage between two men or two women.  

Judge Timothy Black says he will issue that ruling within the next 10 days.

The decision is being watched carefully by same-sex couples in Central Ohio.

"He asked me out, that was January 26th of 1998," said Doug Motz.

It's a love story like any other. A first date, a spark that lead to a proposal.

"Then I pulled out the Tiffany box and his eyes took a different turn," said Motz.

Todd Popp and Doug Motz were married November 11, 2011.

"We put it in a really beautiful frame, it meant a lot to us," said Motz of their marriage license.

It means so much because they never thought marriage would be possible.  It still isn't in Ohio, the couple had to travel to New York City to marry.

"We choose to live here.  It's unfortunate that our marriage can't be recognized here in the state," said Popp.

The expected ruling by Judge Black may change that.  It won't reverse the gay marriage ban but it will recognize gay marriage performed in another state.  That could have far-reaching effects.

"We've had that happen where one of us is hospitalized and we've been anxious, will they allow the other to actually be there?" said Motz.

The decision would also impact the right to take care of one another in sickness and in health and who gets the property when you finally part at death.

"There's questions of survivorship, who owns the home if something happens," said Popp.  "All of these questions get asked that heterosexual couples don't have to answer."

The ruling came out of a case regarding who gets put on a birth certificate when a gay couple has a child.  Motz and Popp's child is a furry, four-legged dog, but they understand the gravity of that issue.

"It's completely ridiculous not to recognize the two mothers who are doing an amazing job with their two children or the two fathers," said Motz.

And their thought is, this is a push in the direction toward the right to marry in Ohio.

"But I don't think it's a matter of if, it's a matter of when," said Popp.

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