Ohio gay marriage ruling may just be beginning

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CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge's ruling ordering Ohio authorities to recognize gay marriages on death certificates has added momentum to hopes of overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Judge Timothy Black's Monday ruling also is raising the divisive issue's profile ahead of the 2014 state elections.

In his ruling, Black says Ohio's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and designed primarily "to disparage and demean the dignity of same-sex couples in the eyes of the state and the wider community."

Black stopped short of striking down the ban altogether but predicted that his ruling would spark further litigation aimed at striking it down.

Additionally, gay marriage supporters say they've collected enough signatures to put the issue back on the Ohio ballot next year.

Opponents say they're ready for that fight.

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