Ohio Lawsuit Seeks to Force Funeral Directors to Recognize Same-Sex ‘Marriages’

funeral pdCINCINNATI — A lawsuit that has been underway for the past several several months in Ohio was expanded this week in an effort to force all funeral directors and coroners in the state to recognize same-sex ‘marriages’ that were performed in other states.

Homosexual “marriage” is illegal in Ohio, but some from the state have traveled elsewhere to work around the prohibition. However, because Ohio will not recognize those relationships as being valid, four homosexual men have found that when they die, they will not be acknowledged as couples by the state.

In seeking to be recognized on their partner’s death certificates, the men filed suit, asking that a federal court allow their relationships to be recognized.

The suit began with James Obergefell and John Arthur, the latter of which struggles with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The two want to be buried next to each other, but the cemetery they desire only allows spouses and relatives to have adjacent plots.

“Married couples, often through research based on death records, have recognition for their special status forever,” Obergefell stated. “I want my descendants generations from now who research their history to learn that I loved and married John and that he loved and married me. They will know that they had gay ancestor who was proud and strong and in love.”

Judge Timothy Black then granted the request, and two months later, another two men joined the suit: William Ives and David Michener. Ives had passed away, and Michener wanted to be listed as Ives’ spouse on his death certificate before he was cremated. Black likewise granted the request.

This Wednesday, funeral director Robert Grunn joined the lawsuit, which was amended in an effort to require the state health director to order funeral homes and coroners throughout Ohio to recognize homosexuals that were “married” in ceremonies in other states as a couple.

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“He has a duty under Ohio law to report accurate personal information when it comes to death certificates.” attorney Al Gerhardstein
told local television station WKRC. “If he gives inaccurate information he could be exposed to criminal prosecution so he’s asking the court, ‘Tell me court, am I allowed to say these people are married if they’re married in another state and can I put married on the death certificate?'”

However, Clermont County Representative John Becker is displeased with Judge Black’s actions, and is calling for his impeachment. He recently wrote a letter to U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup to request that the impeachment process be commenced.

“Judge Black has demonstrated his incompetence by allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence,” Becker wrote. “This will begin the process of restoring state sovereignty back to the original intent of the US Constitution.”

However, Wenstrup said that he will wait for the appeals court to rule before taking any action.

“While Judge Black’s ruling violated the Ohio Constitution and the will of Ohio voters, the question of whether this decision also violated the U.S. Constitution remains before a higher court,” he wrote in a statement. “I will watch those appellate proceedings closely to see if Judge Black’s decision is upheld and I have full confidence in the Ohio’s office of the Attorney General during the appeals process.”

Becker said that he will fight the case to the best of his ability.

“I see this as a like a future Roe versus Wade type of case,” he commented. “And if there’s anything I can do to head that off and stop it, that’s what I intend to do.”

Black is expected to rule on the matter in December.

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  • truther

    As Christians we are so comfortable we sit and do “NOTHING” we watch these things happen and we sit still. God has called us to speak up just as John the Baptist, he spoke the truth about the King’s sin. Yes we are to love the sinner, but we are to hate the sin. Yes we sleep, the enemy steps in and is gaining ground by trying to set laws that affect us Christians. For example in Caifornia, he started by changing the history books to add the LGBT agenda as he gained that ground and we did nothing, he then added “no help” to those who wanted help on their confusion of sexaul attraction toward the same sex, and now again with our children the enemy is indoctrinating them with the bathroom gender law. That a girl can go into a boys bathroom if she thinks she is a boy and a boy can go into a girls bathroom if he thinks he is a girl. Now some judges in other states are giving out same sex marriage Lic. just beacuse they want to, even if the law states that Marriage is between a man and a woman only.Now the San Antonio law against Christians. Really? In Texas this is a testing ground! If we stay quiet, believe me when I tell you other states will follow. Persecution of our GOD given beliefs many say we do not want to say anything, We shouldn’t get involved, politics is not our place. Just want to remind you that GOD used Queen Esther to stop the decree to destroy GODs chosen people, ” 6 For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my countrymen?”. GOD is stll in his thorne and prayer changes things. We need to act now, 1st we need to fast and pray , Pray for what? Revival , change our leaders to God fearing Jesus loving People, deliverence for those people who are possed by evil spirits ” because now we battle against principalties of evil spirits , pray for Gods Salavtion for people all over through Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Gods healing power over our country ” 14and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Remember our kids will be growing up in this world. for the triumph of evil is that good GOD loving men do nothing.

    1 John 4:4

    New King James Version (NKJV)

    4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

    Yes the evil one tries to destroy the creditablity of Gods Children remember that, But God has forgiven them and no one can take that away ever ” Jesus at the Cross ” .

    Also did you know we use a lot of companies and television stations that are against us, If we stop using these companies we start making a statement, Just as the enemy tries to boycot companies that stand for God.

    these are some companies that are pro lgbt agenda.I hope cbn stops advertising Facebook .

    Facebook – Ebay- Nike – Gap – Ben & Jerrys – Banna Republic – Levi Strauss & Co – Microsoft – Jet Blue

    – Mastercard – At&t – Instagram – Marc Jacobs – Mondelēz International (Oreos Maker) – Citi – Orbitz

    Cisco – Goldman sachs – Marriot International – Moddy’s – Expedia -Abbot

    Just remember how we backed up chick-fila. Let us pray for God to replace these current politicians with God fearing Jesus loving children of God, pray for sinful laws to be repealed, pray for deliverence and Salvation of people in a sinful lifestyles, pray for Revival in the This Great Nation in GODS green earth.