Ohio marriage equality advocate dies

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Cincinnati (AP) – John Arthur, who with his longtime partner helped lead a legal challenge to Ohio’s ban on gay marriage, died early Tuesday, his attorney and a funeral home director said. He was 48.

With Arthur terminally ill from Lou Gehrig’s disease, he and James Obergefell, 47, flew to Maryland in June to marry after more than 20 years together. They then then sued in federal court in Cincinnati for recognition of their marriage in Ohio so they could be buried next to each other in Arthur’s family plot, which only allows decedents and spouses.

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Two men file lawsuit for marriage equality in Ohio

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Cincinnati (AP) – Two Ohio men have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ohio violates the U.S Constitution by denying legal recognition to same-sex couples married in states where gay marriage is legal.

James Obergefell and John Arthur of Cincinnati filed the lawsuit July 19 in Cincinnati against Ohio’s governor, attorney general and the Cincinnati health department registrar who files death certificates.

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