Friday, September 27, 2013
A lawsuit initiated by two gay Ohio couples has been expanded to include all similarly situated couples.
John Arthur and James Obergefell first sued to ensure they can be buried next to each other in a family plot. David Michener joined the lawsuit after partner William Herbert Ives died unexpectedly. He wants to be listed as married on his partner’s death certificate.
Despite Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage, Judge Timothy Black ruled in favor of the couples. Attorneys are now requesting that he require Ohio’s health department director to order coroners and funeral directors to list gay clients as married as long as they were legally wed out-of-state. Black approved expanding the lawsuit and is expected to issue a ruling by December.
See Amanda Lee Myers, Gay Marriage Lawsuit Expanded to Others, The Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 25, 2013.