Today in Ohio, Federal judge Timothy Black ruled that his state must recognize legal marriages from other states. Looks like Antonin Scalia's nightmare vision is coming true!
In his ruling, Black said that historically, Ohio law has recognized out-of-state marriages as valid as long as they were legal where they took place, pointing to marriages between cousins and involving minors.
"How then can Ohio, especially given the historical status of Ohio law, single out same-sex marriages as ones it will not recognize?" Black wrote. "The short answer is that Ohio cannot."
And the long answer is that OHIOOOOOOO CANNNNNN NOTTTTTTT.
This was Scalia's vision of a future hellscape. May he have troubled sleep tonight, upon seeing his sweat-drenched vision beginning to come true.
Meanwhile, next door in Pennsylvania, local officials are going rogue and issuing licenses to same-sex couples in Montgomery County:
The licenses were issued a day after the county’s Register of Wills, D. Bruce Hanes, said he would grant them to gay couples because he wanted to come down “on the right side of history and the law.”
Hanes said he studied the state constitution and the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act before deciding last week to grant same-sex licenses.
“I think the constitution trumps the (state marriage) statute,” Hanes said. “This to me is a fundamental civil right.”
Mr. Hanes might find himself temporarily unemployed soon, I don't know, but I suspect that when he wakes up and looks in the mirror he'll be able to live with what he sees.