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Wed Apr 30, 2014, 11:54 AM

New suit targets Ohio gay marriage ban

The Cincinnati Enquirer
New suit targets Ohio gay marriage ban
Amber Hunt, ahunt@enquirer.com
11:39 a.m. EDT April 30, 2014

A group of same-sex couples from Ohio Wednesday escalated the challenges to the state's ban on same-sex marriage, filing a federal lawsuit directly attacking the ban as unconstitutional.

With the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, the state joins 14 others where state constitutional bans are being targeted as violations of the "equal protection" clause of the 14th Amendment.

"A consensus is finally emerging: the Constitution protects the right of consenting adults to love whoever they want. It is time for Ohio to do the same," the lawsuit says.

Six Southwest Ohio couples are listed as plaintiffs in the case filed by Jennifer Branch of the Downtown-based law firm Gerhardstein & Branch. Her partner, Al Gerhardstein, this year won a narrower case to force Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. That ruling is being appealed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who told The Enquirer he will also fight this newest suit.... MORE

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