Federal court in Cincinnati will be ground zero in the U.S. debate over same-sex marriage

Judges' rulings could affect thousands of couples

CINCINNATI – Jim Obergefell's husband, John Arthur, died on Oct. 22, 2013, two months to the day after a judge ruled that Obergefell could be named as a ‘surviving spouse’ on John's death certificate.

The ruling by a Cincinnati judge was significant because it meant that the marriage of Jim and John, which took place on an airport tarmac in Maryland, could be legally recognized in Ohio. But the State of Ohio appealed that decision and on Wednesday, Aug. 6, the federal court in downtown Cincinnati will be the scene of arguments in that case, as well as five others from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan.

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