Utah officials blocked again on gay marriage ban
John Arthur, the marriage equality advocate who made headlines in July after a federal judge ordered Ohio state officials to recognize his marriage, performed in Maryland, to his longtime partner, James Obergefell, died in October. David Michener of Cincinnati will be listed as the spouse of his husband, William Herbert Ives, on Ives’s death certificate, as reported in September . The couple of 18 years married in Delaware this summer, but Ives died unexpectedly August 27. Together, they raised three children. Ohio’s marriage ban was approved by voters in 2004.
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Shelby s rulingFriday, as many as 150 applications for marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples were issued at the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office alone. Many couples elected to take their vows on the spot, according to the Deseret News. In his argumentMonday, Mr. Lott noted the irony of a federal court compelling Utah to change its definition of marriage, given that the federal government had once compelled Utah to define marriage as between one man my website and one woman in order to join the union in 1896. Those living in the territory that became Utah recognized plural polygamous marriage in keeping with the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which at the time allowed the practice. The church disavowed polygamy in 1890.
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