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When President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address Tuesday Cincinnatian Jim Obergefell will be watching from the First Lady's reserved section.

The LBGT activist and lead plaintiff  in the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage case says he was first invited by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley but then Merkley's office called back to say the First Lady wanted Obergefell to be her guest.

Appeals Court Denies Rowan County Request To Not Issue Marriage Licenses

Aug 27, 2015
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Update 10:00 a.m.: Davis' office is still refusing to issue marriage licenses. A couple was turned away by office staff Thursday morning, according to the Associated Press.

Original Post: Rowan County, KY Clerk Kim Davis will have to resume issuing marriage licenses while she is being sued by four couples who were denied licenses, according to a ruling Wednesday from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge Puts A Deadline On Rowan County Clerk

Aug 19, 2015

A federal judge says Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will have to resume issuing marriage licenses on August 31st unless an appeals court says otherwise according to Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Reporter Ryland Barton.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled last week that Davis had to resume issuing marriage licenses, but Davis immediately requested a stay of the decision while she appealed the case to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
 

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U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky says he will rule no earlier than the week of August 11, 2015 in a case involving whether Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite her religious beliefs.

20th Century Fox has bought movie rights about how Over-the-Rhine resident Jim Obergefell and  Cincinnati attorney Al Gerhardstein won the Supreme Court ruling for same-sex marriage last month.

The New York Times says the studio also obtained film rights to “21 Years to Midnight,” the book Obergefell and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper plan to write about Obergefell’s relationship with John Arthur, his partner of more than 20 years. The two married in 2013 in Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal, when Arthur was in the final stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease. He died later that year.

Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen – both producers on the “Twilight” movies and “The Fault in our Stars” – will produce the film, according to wire reports.

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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."

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the impact the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriages could have on elections at the state and national levels. 

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After years of legal limbo for same-sex couples in four states including Ohio and Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed an appeals court decision, deciding that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

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Attorneys for two of the plaintiffs in Ohio's same-sex marriage court battle are officially asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue.

Last week, a 6th Circuit appeals panel upheld lower court rulings related to same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states.

Attorney Al Gerhardstein argues there's now sufficient cause for the high court to hear the case despite its decision not to hear a gay marriage ban case earlier this year..

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Cincinnati's domestic partner registry is officially taking names.

It's designed to give unmarried couples a legal record of their relationship, making it easier for others, like employers or hospitals, to grant benefits and privileges typically available only to families or married couples.

Councilmember Chris Seelbach spearheaded the project and says it's a "very simple way to hopefully help more people be recognized as couples in the City of Cincinnati and in turn leverage health care for one another through their private employer."

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