( Cincinnati ) - Arguments were made in front of Federal Judge Timothy Black on Friday about cases of same-sex marriage being recognized in Ohio. Judge Black ruled that he will strike down part of Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, but he stopped short of forcing Ohio to perform same-sex weddings.
The ruling would force Ohio to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other states.
"I intend to issue a declaration that Ohio's recognition bans, that have been relied upon to deny legal recognition to same-sex couples validly entered in other states where legal, violates the rights secured by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," Black said. "(They're) denied their fundamental right to marry a person of their choosing and the right to remain married."
The civil rights attorneys who filed the February lawsuit did not ask Black to order the state to perform gay marriages, and he did not say he would do so.
An appeal from the state is expected.