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Judge sides with Ohio gay couple

Court orders gay Ohio man be listed as married on his death certificate

CINCINNATI — A federal judge has ordered that a gay Ohio man be listed as married on his death certificate and that his husband be listed as his spouse.

Judge Timothy Black’s order Tuesday came despite Ohio’s gay marriage ban and just hours after attorneys for David Michael Michener of Cincinnati asked him to find in their favor.

Michener is joining a lawsuit filed in July by a separate couple seeking to get legal out-of-state marriages recognized in Ohio.

That couple, Jim Obergefell and James Arthur, also succeeded in getting Black to order that their marriage be recognized on Arthur’s death certificate.

Arthur is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the pair has said they want the world to remember their union as that of a married couple.

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