Monday, April 14, 2014


I never really understood how the key parts of DOMA and the refusal of states to recognize same sex marriages performed elsewhere were ever thought to be constitutional. Whether or not states (either due to federal or their own constitutions) are required to issue licenses to people is perhaps a more complicated legal question, but those things just seemed to be obvious.
A federal judge in Ohio on Monday ruled against the state law barring recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, although the order is temporarily stayed until state officials take further action.

In a 45-page decision, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black determined the Ohio law barring recognition of out-of-state same-sex weddings violates protections under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.