Federal judge to hear Ohio gay marriage fight

By By AMANDA LEE MYERS

CINCINNATI (AP) — Both sides in a fight over whether gay marriage should be recognized on Ohio death certificates despite a statewide ban will argue their cases in front of a federal judge in Cincinnati.

On one side are two gay Ohio men who successfully got Judge Timothy Black to order their recently deceased spouses to be listed as married on their death certificates.

They want that right afforded to all same-sex couples in Ohio who, like them, married in other states that allow gay marriage.

Attorneys for the state argue that recognizing gay marriages on death certificates would violate state law and ignore the wishes of millions of voters who decided in 2004 to ban same-sex marriages.

A hearing will be held Wednesday. Black says he'll rule by the end of the year.

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