same-sex marriageA federal judge in Cincinnati said Friday that he will strike down as unconstitutional Ohio’s voter-approved ban on recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples from other states. The state plans to appeal the ruling once it is issued.  “I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14, striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s bans on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states,” U.S. District Judge Timothy Black said in a statement. The plaintiffs are four same-sex couples who got married in other states and are seeking to be recognized as parents on their children’s birth certificates. “I intend to issue a declaration that Ohio’s recognition bans, that have been relied upon to deny legal recognition to same-sex couples validly entered in other states where legal, violates the rights secured by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” the judge said, adding that same-sex couples are “denied their fundamental right to marry a person of their choosing and the right to remain married.” More