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Judge asked to recognize all deceased same-sex spouses in Ohio

Judge asked to recognize all deceased same-sex spouses in Ohio

The Federal Court District judge who ruled in favor of two dead and dying gay men’s marriages being recorded on their death certificates has been asked to allow all people in same-sex marriages the same respect for their relationships.

Judge Timothy Black ruled in favor of the out-of-state marriage of William Herbert Ives be recorded on his death certificate after he died in July, after initially ruling that John Arthur, who is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, should have his marriage to Jim Obergefell recorded when he dies.

Their attorneys have now asked Judge Black to instruct the Ohio state Health Department to order all funeral directors and coroners in the state to record the out-of-state same-sex marriages of anyone else who dies in the state.

Cincinnati funeral director Robert Gunn has joined the lawsuit to help force the issue and told the Associated Press the issue came down to fairness.

‘A time of death is very painful and you don’t want to have to exclude your loved ones on a certificate that’s meaningful to your family history,’ Gunn said.

Ohio banned same-sex marriage in 2004 but a majority of Ohioans now support same-sex marriage.