Ohio case at center of same-sex marriage debate

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDTN) — Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over making it the law of the land.

The high court’s case is known as “Obergefell v. Hodges” — a consolidation of six separate lawsuits from four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

The man for whom it was named, Jim Obergefell, is from Cincinnati. His suit happened to be filed first among the petitioners.

Obergefell and John Arthur were legally married in Maryland in 2013. Arthur died three months later. Obergefell filed a lawsuit to be listed as the surviving spouse on Arthur’s death certificate.

The question before the Supreme Court is whether “equal protection” mandates marriage be allowed for same-sex couples in all states.

A ruling is expected in July.

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