Ohio’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states will stay in effect until its constitutionality is resolved on appeal, a federal judge ruled, saying he’s seeking to avoid creating confusion.
Ohio’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states was declared void by a federal judge who joined courts in Kentucky and Tennessee that said similar laws violate the U.S. Constitution.
Utah’s gay-marriage ban had state lawyers on the defensive at a hearing before the first federal appeals panel to consider such laws since a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling set off a nationwide series of challenges to them.
Gay-marriage bans struck down in Utah and Oklahoma are the first to come before a federal appeals panel since a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling set off a string of challenges to limits on same-sex marriage.
Ohio’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from other states probably will be reversed, a federal judge said, continuing a judicial trend of upholding gay people’s right to be married under the U.S. Constitution.
Kentucky was ordered by a federal judge to recognize same-sex marriages made in other states as similar challenges were filed in Louisiana and Missouri, escalating litigation over gay rights in courts nationwide.