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Lawsuit aims to strike down Ohio gay marriage ban

CINCINNATI (Jeff Hirsh) -- Six Ohio same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit to try to strike down the state's ban on gay marriage.

The law firm is the same that won a case to require Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages that had been performed in states where it is legal. That case does not force Ohio to allow same-sex marriage.

The couples who are suing say their case is simple, the right to marry should be extended to same-sex couples.  "The plaintiffs are all in love with their partner, some  have been together as long as 19 years, some are engaged formally and have been for years," says attorney Jennifer Branch. "They are asking the state of Ohio to stop discriminating against them and let them get married."

"I want people to know we're a family," says one of the plaintiffs. "We love our children, we love each other just like anybody else does and it's important to be part of this case so that we can tell our girls if something isn't right and you have the opportunity to do something about it then you need to step up and do something about it."

When asked why not let the issue go to the voters, one plaintiff replied should the voters have the right to decide if you get married or not. However, there is an unrelated petition driver to overturn Ohio's ban.

There is no timetable for this case. Those involved hope to have an answer by Christmas. Even so, it will likely be appealed which could delay an answer for years.

[Click HERE to read the full complaint filed with the court]

Gay marriage is legal in 17 states and Washington, D.C. Federal judges recently have struck down gay marriage bans in Michigan, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia, though stays have been issued pending appeals.

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