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Gay Ohio couple wins legal battle

Associated Press • Sep 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Judge Timothy Black’s order came just hours after attorneys asked him to rule quickly so that William Herbert Ives, 54, is listed as married on his death certificate before being cremated on Wednesday.

“On this record, there is insufficient evidence of a legitimate state interest to justify this singling out of same-sex married couples given the severe and irreparable harm it imposes on David Michener,” Black wrote, pointing out that the request was made “to bring closure to the family in a manner that respects their marriage.”

Michener and William Herbert Ives, 54, had been together for 18 years and have three adopted children. They married in Delaware on July 22, but Ives died unexpectedly a week ago.

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