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Gay Marriage Activists Turn Focus On States That Ban It

A federal judge ruled last week that Ohio, which bans gay marriage, must recognize the marriage of two men wed this month in Maryland. The ruling is seen as likely to unleash more lawsuits challenging states that don’t allow same-sex unions to recognize marriages legalized in other states.

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For the first time, a state has been forced by a federal court to recognize a gay marriage from another state. The ruling comes just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, and as NPR’s Tovia Smith reports, that’s opened up a new front in the fight for gay marriage.

TOVIA SMITH, BYLINE: Federal District Court Judge Timothy Black called the case as simple as it is sad. An Ohio man who’d been with his partner more than two decades was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease. The couple wanted eventually to be laid to rest beside each other, but a family plot allowed only spouses and Ohio bans gay marriage. So the two men chartered a special medical jet to Maryland, where gay marriage is legal and held a simple ceremony on the runway.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: John and Jim, I was going to say take each other’s hand, but I don’t think you’ve let go.

SMITH: Cincinnati.com recorded the two grooms, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur, who was propped up on his hospital gurney to say his vows.

JOHN ARTHUR: With this ring, I thee wed.

JIM OBERGEFELL: He was able to say with this ring I thee wed, and those were the most beautiful words I could hear.

SMITH: After hugs and kisses, the newlyweds immediately lifted off and returned to Ohio to start the legal battle to get their Maryland same-sex marriage recognized back home. It took just days. Judge Black cited the U.S. Supreme Court DOMA decision and ruled that just as the federal government can’t ignore a same-sex marriage from a state where it’s legal, neither can another state, much to Obergefell’s delight.

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Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, And The Weirdest BBQ Sauce Endorsement Twitter’s Ever Seen

What's become of one of the most intense rivalries in the history of sports? BBQ sauce

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Sports world reacts to an NBA title for LeBron James and Miami Heat

CLEVELAND, Ohio — As the celebration hit its full stride in Miami during the early morning hours of Friday, reaction around the sports world started to build. Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe: “(James) grew into some unholy combination of point forward and power forward, grabbing rebounds, dishing assists all over the floor, guarding every position and contributing Hall of Fame-level production even when his jumper wouldn’t fall.

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