Federal judgeTimothy Black said on Friday that he will issue a ruling on April 14th striking down Ohio’s prohibition against same-sex marriage, the Associated Press reports, though same-sex couples may still not be able to marry in Ohio.
“I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14 striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s ban on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states,” Black said.
Three lesbian couples had sued the state in an effort to win recognition of their out-of-state marriages, “by demanding the state put their names on the birth certificates of their children. Their babies are due in June at Cincinnati hospitals.” On Friday, attorneys for the couples asked the Court to prohibit Ohio from enforcing the state’s marriage ban, which voters passed in 2004.
In 2014, a federal court had ordered the state to recognize the out-of-state marriages on death certificates. The state is appealing that ruling.