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Federal Suit Filed Against Ohio’s Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

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In recent months, federal courts have overturned laws banning gay marriage in some other states based on how those rules affect federal programs. Now, as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, a federal lawsuit has been filed that challenges Ohio’s ban on gay marriage.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 5:26 pm

A couple near Cleveland has filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to declare Ohio’s voter-passed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage unconstitutional.

Al Cowger Jr. and Tony Wesley Jr. were married in upstate New York in 2012, and they have a seven-year-old adopted daughter.

In this filing, they say they’ve been denied a family plan under President Barack Obama’s health care law because of Ohio’s nearly 10-year-old voter-passed ban on gay marriage. Arguments in this lawsuit are similar to successful litigation that has led to federal judges overturning gay marriage bans in other states.

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