Ohio lawmaker calls judge’s striking down of gay marriage ban ‘epic display of arrogance and incompetence’

Rep John Becker wants federal judge Timothy Black impeached

Ohio lawmaker calls judge’s striking down of gay marriage ban ‘epic display of arrogance and incompetence’
08 April 2014

Ohio State Representative John Becker wants a federal judge impeached for planning to declare the state’s ban on recognizing out of state marriages of same-sex couples unconstitutional.

Becker said in a statement Tuesday (8 April): ‘In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge (Timothy) Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of "homosexual marriages" performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.’

Black will officially issue his ruling on 14 April and gave the advance notice to give the state time to be ready with an appeal.

His ruling comes in a case that has four married same-sex couples seeking an order that would require the state to place the names of both parents on the birth certificates of their children.

Becker charges that the judge is violating both the state and the federal constitution. This is not his first call for Black’s impeachment.

The lawmaker earlier took issue with the judge’s ruling last fall that the state must recognize the out-of-state marriage of a male couple on a death certificate.

James Obergefell and John Arthur were married in Maryland last year weeks before Arthur died of ALS. Obergefell wanted to be listed on the certificate as Arthur’s spouse.

The current case involves three are lesbian couples who are expecting children to be born in Ohio and a married same-sex couple living in New York City but whose adopted son was born in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health, the agency charged with issuing birth certificates in the state, will not issue or amend birth certificates to name both parents.

Black’s ruling is expected to say that Ohio law violates the full faith and credit clause by not honoring a New York adoption decree and allowing both married same-sex parents on a birth certificate.

Becker has introduced a resolution calling on the Ohio House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against Black, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.



No thumbnail available

Australian MP wants to know why people shouldn’t marry their kids if gays can marry

Government backbencher Dennis Jensen can’t understand why people shouldn’t marry their biological relatives if same-sex couples are allowed to marry and has asked the parliament to explain it to him
No thumbnail available

Lesbian couple sues US government to stop same-sex deportations

Jane DeLeon from the Philippines and her American wife Irma Rodriguez are hoping to stop the deportation of immigrants in same-sex marriages
No thumbnail available

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia describes gay rights cases as 'easy'

Justice Antonin Scalia doesn't think that gay rights cases require that much thinking
No thumbnail available

Quackers! Gay marriage means ducks will rule the world

A 14-year-old girl has written a letter to a newspaper with her worries about marriage equality coming into effect
No thumbnail available

Modern Family's gay couple Cam and Mitch get engaged on season premiere

Show is fresh off winning fourth consecutive Emmy for outstanding comedy
No thumbnail available

Glee's football coach Shannon Beiste shares decision to transition to male

Dot Marie Jones' character explains: 'I never felt like my body matched who I was in the inside'
No thumbnail available

California inmate granted right to undergo gender reassignment surgery

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state
No thumbnail available

Chattanooga voters take away domestic partner health benefits for same-sex city employees

Opponents were able to find enough signatures to put a repeal measure on the ballot
No thumbnail available

Son of Wisconsin governor acts as a witness to same-sex marriage

Alex Walker served as a witness to the wedding of a lesbian family member, the cousin of his mother
No thumbnail available

LGBT Europeans must be ‘tough and tougher’ for equal rights

Michael Cashman, Co-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, speaks to GSN about the next European country to legalize gay marriage, gay rights in the European Union versus the United States and the economic benefits of LGBT rights