Same Sex Couple Update

An Ohio death certificate must reflect the decedent’s same-sex marriage.

Two men living in Ohio had been together for 20 years. When one was close to death, the couple flew to Maryland, where they married.

Ohio does not recognize same-sex marriages, nor does it recognize such marriages as legal if performed in other states.

The couple asked a court to require the Ohio registrar to list ‘Married’ on the eventual death certificate.

The court told the registrar to do so, noting the state OK’d opposite-sex marriages from other states and must do so for same-sex marriages.