September 4, 2013

For the second time this summer, a federal judge has ordered the state of Ohio and local officials to recognize the marriage of two men who went out of state to wed. The order issued Tuesday involves a Wyoming man who died last month; the ruling allows his husband to be listed as his surviving spouse on his death certificate, even though Ohio does not recognize same-sex marriages.

Judge Timothy Black issued the temporary restraining order the day before William Herbert Ives is scheduled to be cremated. Ives and David Michener, who had been a couple for 18 years and were raising three children together, married in Delaware on July 22. Ives died unexpectedly of natural causes Aug. 27.