Supreme Court Ruling Now Being Interpreted Locally

Local county courts are now bound by last week’s Supreme Court rul­ing on same sex mar­riage, how­ever they may not be able to accom­mo­date same-sex mar­riage license requests right away. For now, the Ohio Pro­bate Judges’ Asso­ci­a­tion has a com­mit­tee that hastily began to review the Supreme Court’s deci­sion before mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion to the local courts on how they should pro­ceed. The court, as of Fri­day, was hop­ing to receive that rec­om­men­da­tion by some­time today. The Cres­cent News reports that Henry County Judge John Col­lier said he has received a copy of a license appli­ca­tion that is gen­der neu­tral from the Pro­bate Judges’ Asso­ci­a­tion and that “he doesn’t see any prob­lems with it.” Pauld­ing County Pro­bate Judge John DeMuth said the court’s paper­work for licenses cur­rently con­tains word­ing that refers to ‘hus­band’ and ‘wife.’ He said they cur­rently do not have an appli­ca­tion with alter­nate wording.

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