At a glance
Same-sex marriage plaintiff to be honored
CINCINNATI — The lead plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage across the county is being honored with an award given to those who better their communities.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati says Jim Obergefell will receive its Everyday Freedom Hero award. The award recognizes people and organizations that strive to live up to the ideals of the Underground Railroad movement.
A lawsuit by Obergefell and his dying partner, John Arthur, sought legal recognition of their marriage by the state of Ohio, leading to the 2015 Supreme Court decision.
Judge rules pipeline builder lacks rights
BOWLING GREEN — An Ohio judge has ruled that a company seeking to build an ethane pipeline across Ohio for a Canadian company doesn’t have the right to acquire property through eminent domain.
The Blade reports Wood County Common Pleas Judge Robert Pollex’s ruling this week could hinder Pennsylvania-based Kinder Morgan’s plans to build a 12-inch pipeline from eastern Ohio shale fields across the state to an existing Michigan pipeline that ends at a Windsor, Ontario, chemical plant.
Kinder Morgan had sued Wood County property owners to obtain paid easements to their land. Ethane is a byproduct from natural gas drilling that’s used to produce plastics.
Pollex says forcing property owners to grant easements would violate their constitutional rights.
The Associated Press