Gay marriage court win in Ohio may spawn new suits

CINCINNATI (AP) — Supporters and experts say a gay couple’s success is getting their out-of-state marriage recognized in Ohio despite a state ban could lead to a rush of similar cases aiming to take advantage of an apparent legal loophole.

John Arthur of Cincinnati is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. A federal judge on Monday granted him the right to be listed as married on his death certificate and to have his partner of more than 20 years listed as his surviving spouse.

At least four similar lawsuits are pending in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Nevada.

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet says a social movement is at work.

But the president of the Ohio-based anti-gay marriage group Citizens for Community Values says he believes Arthur’s case is an isolated one.

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