COLUMBUS -- Half a dozen gay couples filed suit against the Ohio Department of Health and a Cincinnati probate court Wednesday, hoping to force the state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Plaintiffs want "to secure for same-sex couples across Ohio the right to marry on an equal basis with opposite-sex couples," according to documents. "They are in love, but Ohio law denies them the right to get married and enjoy marriage's many benefits and responsibilities."
All of the couples involved live in the Cincinnati area.
The case, filed in U.S. District Court, is the latest challenge to Ohio's voter-approved constitutional amendment and related laws and rules concerning gay marriage.
Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered Ohio to include the names of same-gender parents on birth certificates, though he stayed that ruling for all but a handful of couples, pending further legal proceedings.
Ohio voters amended the constitution in 2004 to prohibit gay marriage. A group that wants to overturn that ban is circulating petitions, with hopes of placing the issue before voters.
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.