Senator Says Virginia Marriage Ban Decision May Be Months Away

WHSV -- A federal judge says he will strike down part of Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.

Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.

He says he'll issue the ruling April 14 ordering Ohio officials to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Black's ruling will not mean Ohio has to allow couples to marry there.

These kinds of cases are popping up all over the country.

It has Virginia talking as well. Former governor and now U.S. Senator, Tim Kaine says the potential for change here in Virginia could be just around the corner despite opposition.

In February, a federal judge ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional as well.

Gay couples still can't get married in Virginia, but Senator Kaine shares with that a decision could be made soon.

"The court circuit has been asked to take up this district court ruling on an expedited basis. I don't know if they've yet made their determination about when the appeal will be. Let's see. If it's April now, I think the likelihood of a decision by the end of the year is pretty high," Kaine shared.


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