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City Hall sendoff for same sex marriage crusaders heading to U.S. Supreme Court

Plaintiffs in Ohio's marriage equality cases head to Washington D.C. next week as they fight for Ohio to recognize same sex marriage. (FOX19 NOW/file) Plaintiffs in Ohio's marriage equality cases head to Washington D.C. next week as they fight for Ohio to recognize same sex marriage. (FOX19 NOW/file)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Plaintiffs in Ohio's marriage equality cases will be honored in a sendoff Friday at Cincinnati City Hall before they head to the U.S. Supreme Court to fight for Ohio to recognize same sex marriage.

Mayor John Cranley, organizers with Why Marriage Matters Ohio and organizers with Freedom to Marry will attend the noon event.

One of those plaintiffs, Jim Obergefell, has been fighting for marriage equality since 2013 and has become the face of the movement in Ohio.

Obergefell filed a 2013 restraining order in federal court asking that his name be placed as a surviving spouse on his husband's death certificate. The couple married out of state, where it was legal.

Ohio would not recognize their marriage, so Obergefell appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The nation's high court will begin hearing his case Tuesday, along with several other same sex marriage cases from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Michigan.

All of the cases are listed under Obergefell's case since his was filed first.

Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized same sex marriage.

The court will decide whether same-sex marriage bans are prohibited by the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law. 

A ruling is due by the end of June.

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