Lawsuit aims to strike down Ohio gay marriage ban

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Civil rights attorneys have filed a lawsuit seeking to strike down Ohio's gay marriage ban and to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Cincinnati on behalf of six gay Ohio couples who say they're in love and want to get married.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Mike DeWine says the office will defend the gay marriage ban, which was passed overwhelmingly by Ohio voters in 2004.

The same law firm that filed Wednesday's lawsuit filed a February lawsuit that led a judge to order Ohio to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. The order is on hold pending DeWine's forthcoming appeal.

A spokesman for Gov. John Kasich says Kasich supports the ban.