Thursday, May 01, 2014

Suit Challenges Ohio's Refusal To Allow Same-Sex Marriages

In the wake of a federal district court ruling two weeks ago that Ohio's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere is unconstitutional (see prior posting), a new federal lawsuit was filed yesterday challenging Ohio's ban on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who wish to wed in Ohio.  The complaint (full text) in Gibson v. Himes, (SD OH, filed 4/30/2014), contends:
Ohio Rev. Code § 3101.01 and OH Const. Art. XV, §11 violate fundamental liberties that are protected by the Freedom of Association Clause of the First Amendment, and the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment on their face.
Cincinnati Enquirer reports on the filing of the lawsuit.