Rep. Antonio Applauds Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Historic court decision calls on Ohio to recognize all out-of-state marriages

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement today after U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black ordered that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages that were performed in other states.

“Ohio has always recognized out-of-state marriage certificates, and quite frankly it’s about time that someone condemned the discrimination same-sex married couples experience,” said Rep. Antonio.  “We have a long journey down the road to marriage equality in Ohio, but this ruling reassures me that we’re on the right track towards the granting of full citizenship and marriage equality for same sex couples in Ohio. This ruling gives me hope that sometime in the near future I too could marry Jean Kosmac – my partner of 20 years – a decision the State of Ohio denies to me today.”

In his ruling, Judge Black said that refusing to recognize an out-of-state gay marriage license is a violation of “constitutional rights…and has no legitimate justification.”  Judge Black has issued a temporary hold on enforcing his order until appeals are heard from both sides. 

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