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Lawsuit aims to strike down Ohio gay marriage ban

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Posted at 9:49 AM, Apr 30, 2014
and last updated 2015-02-12 08:15:08-05

CINCINNATI (AP) — Civil rights attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban and to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Cincinnati on behalf of six gay Ohio couples who say they're in love and want to get married.

Attorney General Mike DeWine has said he will continue to defend the gay marriage ban, which was passed overwhelmingly by Ohio voters in 2004.

The same law firm that filed Wednesday's lawsuit filed a February lawsuit that led a judge to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

That April 14 order stopped short of forcing Ohio to allow gay couples to wed in the state.

The order is on hold pending DeWine's forthcoming appeal.