Back in July, a federal judge ordered the state of Ohio to recognize the marriage of James Obergefell and John Arthur on Arthur’s death certificate. The couple had flown to Maryland by air ambulance to marry as Arthur was terminally ill. He has since died. Last month the same court ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages on all death certificates.
Today Ohio’s GOP Attorney General Michael Dewine has appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court even though the lower court expressly stipulated that its ruling only applies to death certificates.
DeWine a crony of Ohio’s corrupt GOP machine has never been shy about using his office to push his extreme socially conservative agenda.
Since taking office as AG he’s joined multiple lawsuits aimed at making contraception more difficult for Ohio’s women to obtain. And a full 25% of his official Attorney General biography is spent discussing, with pride, the many years he spent fighting against women’s reproductive rights while in the Senate.
Now in his most despicable act since taking office he is attempting to destroy the dignity of marriage equality in death in Ohio.