A federal judge in Ohio said Friday he will strike down the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, according to the Associated Press.
“I intend to issue a written decision and order by April 14 striking down as unconstitutional under all circumstances Ohio’s ban on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states,” Judge Timothy Black said in a statement, according to TIME.com
The ruling does not mean Ohio has to allow gay couples to marry within the state.
According to Reuters, Black has previously issued orders allowing two gay men to be listed as “spouse” on death certificates for men they married outside Ohio.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told WVXU radio station in Cincinatti that he’s not surprised by Black’s ruling and plans to appeal the case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
DeWine said this case, or a similar one from another state, will likely make its way to the Supreme Court, “where it could ultimately be decided.”