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Federal appeals judges to hear 2 cases from Ohio's 2004 voter-passed gay marriage ban

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CINCINNATI — A ban on same-sex marriage passed by Ohio voters a decade ago is on the line in arguments before federal appeals court judges in Cincinnati.

Two Ohio cases involving marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples are among six cases from four states scheduled Wednesday before a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

One involves two gay men whose spouses were dying. They sued to be listed as surviving spouses on their husbands' death certificates and for their spouses to be listed as having been married. In the other, four couples sued to have both spouses listed on children's birth certificates.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says voters decided in 2004 that marriage is between a man and a woman, and he'll continue to defend that decision.

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