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."