Couples sue to force Ohio's hand on gay marriage

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Four married gay couples have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates.

The lawsuit was filed by the same attorneys who won a ruling in December in which a federal judge ordered Ohio to recognize gay marriage on death certificates. That ruling is being appealed.

The plaintiffs in the new lawsuit include three lesbian couples living in the Cincinnati area who were recently married in states that have legalized gay marriage. One woman in each of those marriages is pregnant through artificial insemination, and their babies all are due to be born this summer in Cincinnati hospitals.

The fourth couple lives in New York, where gay marriage is legal, and last year adopted a boy who was born in Ohio.

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