Court upholds gay marriage ban in Ohio

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CINCINNATI, Ohio- A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, including Ohio, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel that heard arguments on gay marriage bans or restrictions in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee on Aug. 6 split 2-1, with Circuit Judge Jeffrey Sutton writing the majority opinion.

The ruling revealed Thursday creates a divide among federal appeals courts, increasing the likelihood the Supreme Court will now take up the issue.

‘Why Marriage Matters Ohio’ released the following statement Thursday:

Today’s decision is disappointing for all of us, but it is especially crushing for the plaintiffs who bravely stepped forward to push state officials to recognize their families. However, their courage to share their families’ stories has benefited the movement toward full marriage equality by helping to change the hearts and minds of many Ohioans.

“The 6th Circuit’s opinion is out of step not only with Ohioans, a majority of whom support the freedom to marry, but with other Circuit Courts across the country that have ruled that denying marriage to loving and committed couples is unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court must act swiftly to bring these issues to a final resolution and provide security and peace of mind to families caught in the middle.

“Despite today’s ruling, we remain convinced that marriage equality is coming to Ohio. It is not a matter of if, but when all loving and committed couples will have the freedom to marry.”

Nearly 40 courts across the United States have ruled in favor of the freedom to marry since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in 2013.

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