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Ann Thompson

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, states are now in the process of studying statutes related to gender specific language that the high court did not specifically order be changed.

One of the gray areas, according to family law attorney Ellen Essig is sperm donation. She says in Ohio, "Our statute on sperm donation speaks to husband and wife and who is a parent when a woman becomes pregnant using donated sperm."


A federal appeals court in Cincinnati is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in six separate cases involving four states.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider challenges to state same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Michigan.

So many reporters and court observers are expected the court will have two overflow rooms with live audio streaming of the oral arguments.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is appealing two local cases: