On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states do not have the legal authority to prohibit or refuse to recognize a same-sex marriage. This means that civilian and military same-sex couples now have the right to marry in Ohio and nationwide.
The case of a same-sex military couple was among those the Supreme Court reviewed before making its decision. An Army Reservist married a man in New York, but the marriage was not recognized in Tennessee, where the couple lives. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy noted that the couple's marriage rights were "stripped from them whenever they reside in Tennessee, returning and disappearing as they travel across state lines." The high court's ruling now allows that couple and all married same-sex couples to retain their marriage rights nationwide.