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Gay Cincinnati couple file federal lawsuit asking Ohio to legally recognize their marriage

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News Net 5
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July 22, 2013

CINCINNATI - Two Cincinnati men who married in Maryland last week filed a federal lawsuit Friday claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio not to recognize their marriage.

While the marriage of John Arthur and Jim Obergefell of Over-the-Rhine is legal in Maryland, it is not in Ohio.

The suit, filed by the couple, states the way the law treats marriages between opposite-sex couples is unfairly different from the way it treats marriages between same-sex couples.

"It's blatant discrimination," said the couple's attorney Al Gerhardstein. "It's a denial of equal protection."