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Having failed to establish such an interest in the context of same-sex marriage, the [state marriage ban] cannot stand." Two cases came from Ohio, the first ultimately involving a male couple: a widower, and a funeral director. The local Ohio Registrar agreed that discriminating against the same-sex married couple was unconstitutional, As the case progressed, on July 22, District Judge Timothy S.

One case came from Michigan, involving a female couple and their three children.

A second son was born on November 9, 2009, and adopted by Rowse in October 2011.

Michigan law allowed adoption only by single people or married couples.

His remains were being held at a Cincinnati funeral home pending the issuance of a death certificate, required before cremation, the deceased's desired funeral rite.

As surviving spouse David Michener's name could not by Ohio law appear on the death certificate, he sought legal remedy, being added as a plaintiff in the case on September 3.

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