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Toledo couple praises announcement judge will throw out part of Ohio gay marriage ban

Jackie and Kristina Quinones Jackie and Kristina Quinones
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A federal judge in Cincinnati says he will strike down part of Ohio's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. That means the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.

Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday in court following final arguments in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the marriage ban.

Attorneys for the state argued Ohio has the right to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Judge Black says the ban violates constitutional rights to equal protection and due process.

"I think that it's fantastic. Opens up a lot of opportunities" said Kristina Quinones.

Last weekend, Kristina and her partner Jackie Quinones of Toledo traveled to Illinois to tie the knot, one of 17 states where gay marriage is legal.

They're disappointed they couldn't marry in Ohio. But the couple is relieved their union from another state is at least recognized.

"We just want to be happy. We're not bothering anyone. We're not hurting anyone. We just want to live a normal, family life" said Kristina.

"I just married my best friend. I get to be with the person that I love and grow our family together," said Jackie.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Attorney General's office is not commenting on the ruling except to say it will appeal.

Click here to read more on Judge Black's decision.

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