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Federal Judge Ignores Will of the People in Ohio

 

Just this week, a survey was released showing 51% of Ohio residents do not want marriage redefined in their state, as opposed to 45% who do. But despite what the people want, a federal judge  is forcing the state of Ohio and local officials to recognize the marriage of two men. And the worst part is, this isn't the first time.

USA Today:

JudgeThe order issued Tuesday involves a man from the Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming, Ohio [William Ives], who died last month.

[U.S. District Judge Timothy] Black ruled that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and other state officials cannot enforce Ohio's voter-approved constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. He also ruled that Cincinnati officials cannot accept a death certificate for Ives unless it records his status as married and lists [David] Michener as his surviving spouse.

The state can’t enforce a legally enacted constitutional amendment? In effect, this federal judge has thrown out DOMA section #2.