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Supreme Court decisions leave Ohio's ban on gay marriage intact
High court stopped short of overturning state laws
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Gay rights activists have rallied to overturn state as well as federal bans.
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Ohio gay-rights groups are trying to figure out their next step in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions today on gay marriage.

The decisions mean gay couples who are legally married in other states – and move to Ohio -- will get federal benefits such as Social Security survivor benefits. But University of Akron constitutional law professor Wilson Huhn says the battle in Ohio is far from over.

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“The Supreme Court decision today did not strike down the Ohio laws that are against same sex marriage. So the Ohio statutes and the Ohio Constitutional amendment, the old Issue 1 that was adopted in 2004, those are still constitutional. ... You know we’re going to have other lawsuits that will decide whether laws like Ohio’s law are constitutional.”

Gay rights groups in Ohio are also considering asking voters to overturn the gay marriage ban. Polls show Ohioans are closely divided over the issue. One group, Freedom to Marry wants to be on the ballot as early as November of 2014, but Equality Ohio says a longer-term strategy needs to be in place.

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