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Ohio Federal Judge pushes for gay marriage

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Judge Timothy Black (Source: United States District Court) Judge Timothy Black (Source: United States District Court)
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An Ohio federal judge announced Friday he intends to issue a written order by April 14, striking down Ohio's ban on recognizing legal gay marriages.

Judge Timothy Black says the ban is unconstitutional.

This does not mean Ohio will allow gay marriages, but the state would have to recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.

Judge Black was sworn in as United States district judge for the southern district of Ohio on June 21, 2010 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

He was nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in December 2009 and confirmed by the Senate in May 2010.

The Ohio Democratic Party released the below statement on Judge Black's plan.

"Today's statement by Judge Black to strike down the discriminatory ban on marriage in Ohio is a small but important milestone in the fight for marriage equality. Governor Kasich has a long history of opposing same-sex marriage, and it is far past time for him and Attorney General Mike DeWine to stop their crusade on Ohio families who deserve equal and fair treatment in our state." 

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