Both sides in a dispute over whether gay marriage should be recognized on Ohio death certificates will argue their cases in front of a federal judge today in Cincinnati.
On one side are two gay Ohio men who successfully got Judge Timothy Black to order that their recently deceased spouses to be listed as married on their death certificates. They want that right afforded to all same-sex couples in Ohio who, like them, married in other states that allow gay marriage. Attorneys for the state argue that recognizing gay marriages on death certificates would violate Ohio law and ignore the wishes of millions of voters who decided in 2004 to ban same-sex marriages. Black says he'll issue a ruling by the end of the year.