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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Ohio Court Ruling Ignoring State's Definition of Marriage

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2013
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Though seemingly confined to how Ohio's death certificates treat so-called same-sex 'marriages' performed elsewhere, the ruling is utterly unlawful and violates the sovereignty of the people of Ohio. We call on the state to appeal the ruling of this activist judge." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today condemned a federal court ruling in Ohio that purports to force the state to list same-sex couples as 'married' on state death certificates in violation of the state constitution that defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, a provision overwhelmingly adopted by voters in 2004.

"Though seemingly confined to how Ohio's death certificates treat so-called same-sex 'marriages' performed elsewhere, the ruling is utterly unlawful and violates the sovereignty of the people of Ohio. We call on the state to appeal the ruling of this activist judge," said Brian S. Brown, NOM's president.

NOM particularly condemned the statement by Judge Timothy Black that it is the responsibility of judges like him to implement the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Windsor vs. United States case that struck down one section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Black was appointed to the federal bench by President Obama, who supports redefining marriage.

"In the DOMA case, the US Supreme Court specifically ruled that it is the right of the states to define marriage," Brown said. "This activist judge is grossly twisting the Court's ruling in the DOMA case in order to justify a ruling that is completely at odds with the law. In the process, he has issued an open invitation for gay marriage activists to bring a wider lawsuit to redefine marriage entirely. This cannot be allowed to stand."

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