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Ohio Ruling a Win for Gay Rights Supporters

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- Gay marriage in Ohio may be one step closer to becoming a reality because of a federal judge's landmark ruling.

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black ruled in favor of a same sex couple seeking greater rights.

The Ohio judge ruled gay marriages from other states must be recognized on local death certificates.

Even though this ruling applies only to death certificates, it's expected to spur new legal challenges to Ohio's gay marriage ban.

He also said the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and same sex couples can't be discriminated against.

This Ohio ruling comes on the heels of a similar decision in Utah. There, Judge Robert J. Shelby had overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling the voter-approved measure was a violation of gay couples' constitutional rights. The state had then asked him to put a stop to the weddings, but he rejected the request on Monday.
 
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