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Case Name Gibson v. Himes PB-OH-0006
Docket / Court 1:14-cv-00347-MRB ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Case Summary
On April 30th, 2014, six same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Ohio U.S. District Court against the State of Ohio. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to declare that Ohio laws banning same-sex marriage were in violation of the Constitution, issue ... read more >
On April 30th, 2014, six same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of Ohio U.S. District Court against the State of Ohio. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to declare that Ohio laws banning same-sex marriage were in violation of the Constitution, issue an injunction against enforcing the ban, and to award the plaintiffs compensation for expenses and attorney's fees, claiming that their constitutional rights were violated.

Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that their rights to due process and equal protection have been abridged. The plaintiffs also said that they suffer harm by being denied tax and employment benefits that are available to different-sex couples, along with the social stigma of not being allowed to marry.

As of June 19th, 2014, the plaintiffs' motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction has not yet been resolved by the court (Judge Michael R. Barrett), and the case is still ongoing.

Megan Dolan - 06/19/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) State of Ohio
Plaintiff Description The plaintiffs consist of six same-sex couples who are denied the right to marry in the state of Ohio.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Links William G. v. Pataki
http://www.bazelon.org/william-g-v-pataki/
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http://www.bazelon.org/drnj-v-velez/
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[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Williams v. Quinn
http://www.bazelon.org/williams-v-quinn/
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[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  United States of America v. Commonwealth of Virginia
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-virginia/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  United States of America v. North Carolina
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-north-carolina/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  U.S. v. Georgia
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-georgia/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  O'Toole v. Cuomo [Formerly DAI v. Cuomo]
http://www.bazelon.org/otoole-v-cuomo/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Amanda D. v. Hassan
http://www.bazelon.org/amanda-d-v-hassan/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:14-cv-00347-MRB (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/17/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint for Temporary Restraining Order and Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PB-OH-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/30/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Barrett, Michael Ryan Court not on record
PB-OH-0006-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Branch, Jennifer L. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0006-0001 | PB-OH-0006-9000
Gerhardstein, Alphonse A. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0006-0001 | PB-OH-0006-9000
Martin, Jacklyn Gonzalez (Ohio)
PB-OH-0006-0001 | PB-OH-0006-9000
Meeks, Lisa T. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0006-0001 | PB-OH-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Harper, James Warren (Ohio)
PB-OH-0006-9000
Keller, Zachary Paul (Ohio)
PB-OH-0006-9000
Stevenson, David T. (Ohio)
PB-OH-0006-9000

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