On Tuesday, a judge extended the temporary restraining order preventing authorities from enforcing Ohio’s gay marriage ban against two men as one of them nears death.
Judge Timothy Black extended his earlier order until December 31, which will protect John Arthur and James Obergefell’s marriage as their lawsuit against state and local authorities proceeds. The judge scheduled oral arguments for December 18 and will decide whether to issue a permanent order against the state to recognize the marriage.
The couple, who married in Maryland last month, sued to have their marriage recognized in their home state before Arthur’s death so he wouldn’t be listed as “single” on his death certificate and so they can be buried next to each other in a cemetery that allows only descendants and spouses.
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