Same-sex couple file for marriage license


DARKE COUNTY — The Darke County Probate Court confirmed that a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license Monday, a first for the county.

The ability for same-sex couples to marry in all U.S. states and territories was confirmed by Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, which overturned an earlier 6th U.S. Court of Appeals decision.

Jody Rhoades, court administrator for the Darke County Probate Court, confirmed that the couple, two women from New Madison, Ohio, applied for the license and paid the $50 fee.

There was no ceremony held at the Probate Court.

According to Rhoades, the only adjustment being made on Darke County marriage license applications in response to the Supreme Court decision is the removal of the designations “Mr.” and “M” on the two lines where a couple prints their names.

Ohio’s 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a press release from his office, stating, “The Attorney General’s Office has an obligation and duty to defend the constitutionality of Ohio laws, including constitutional amendments passed by Ohio voters. Ohio’s involvement in this case has been to defend the voter-passed amendment. While Ohio argued that the Supreme Court should let this issue ultimately be decided by the voters, the Court has now made its decision.”

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