While Ohio gay rights advocates cheered the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Wednesday, the legal impact of those rulings on same sex couples in the Buckeye state is anything but clear, experts say.
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Ohio’s Defense of Marriage law, which passed the General Assembly in early 2004 and took effect in May 2004, declares that same sex marriage is against the strong public policy of the state. It says that same sex marriages performed in other states have no legal force in Ohio.
The bill sponsor, state Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, said the U.S. Supreme Court rulings will have no impact on Ohio’s DOMA law.