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Federal judge orders Ohio officials to recognize gay couple’s marriage

A federal judge ruled on Monday that Ohio must recognize the out-of-state marriage of John Arthur and James Obergefell, though the limited ruling will only apply to Arthur and Obergefell's union. Still, the court's decision is being celebrated by gay rights supporters as a positive sign for marriage equality in the state.

Two years ago, Arthur was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Earlier this month, the couple sued the state to have Arthur's death certificate reflect Obergefell as his spouse, and secure Obergefell's right to be buried in Arthur's family plot, which is only open to direct descendants and spouses.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black supported their request.

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