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Attorneys for same-sex couples detail arguments in upcoming federal appeals court hearing

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CINCINNATI — Attorneys for same-sex couples fighting to have their marriages recognized in Ohio are urging a federal appeals court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban, arguing that it's unconstitutional and demeaning.

The arguments were filed Tuesday in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

They are a preview of what's to come on Aug. 6, when the court hears oral arguments in Ohio's case and gay marriage fights from Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has vowed to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, saying it was passed by voters in 2004.

In response, attorneys for the same-sex couples say their clients have a constitutional right to marry, and courts have a duty to protect that — even in the face of the majority.

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