Gay Ohio couples eager for marriage ruling Monday


CINCINNATI (AP) — Pam Yorksmith has a 3-year-old son and is expecting a second child. But her name won't be on either of the children's birth certificates without a judge's order.

That's because Yorksmith is married to a woman, and Ohio doesn't recognize gay marriage.

That could change soon if a federal judge does what he says he will on Monday: order Ohio to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in states that allow same-sex marriage.

Cincinnati-based Judge Timothy Black says he will rule that Ohio's refusal to recognize out-of-state gay marriages is a violation of constitutional rights.

The state plans to appeal Black's ruling, arguing that Ohio has a sovereign right to ban gay marriage.

The ruling would not directly impact any other state but Ohio.

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