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More Same-Sex Couples Join Ohio Lawsuit

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Federal judge who allowed a gay couple's marriage to be acknowledged as spouses in Ohio if one of the partners is terminally ill is making another sweeping ruling.

Judge Timothy Black is allowing all couples with similar circumstances to also join the lawsuit and be recognized.

If they win, the state Health Director will have to order funeral directors and coroners to recognize gay marriages.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein says, "He has a duty under Ohio law to report accurate personal information when it comes to death certificates.  If he gives inaccurate information he could be exposed to criminal prosecution so he's asking the court, 'Tell me court, am I allowed to say these people are married if they're married in another state and can I put married on the death certificate?'"

Earlier this year, Black allowed two Cincinnati couples to be listed as married on death certificates.  The state Ohio is challenging Black's ruling.

A final decision is expected in December.




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