- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Weddings at a northwest Ohio courthouse can continue after a committee voted to reverse its ban of the ceremonies.

A three-member Lucas County Courthouse committee on Wednesday reversed its earlier decision to ban ministers from performing marriages on the property after common pleas court judges signed a petition for the group to reconsider.

The Blade in Toledo reports (https://bit.ly/1zpUeac ) that for decades, three certified ministers have performed weddings for couples at the courthouse immediately after they obtain marriage licenses.

The courthouse committee had voted in January to ban the marriages, citing problems including a decreased staff to handle marriage licenses and cases of ministers soliciting couples.

Only about a quarter of the 2,500 couples married at the courthouse last year were from Lucas County. The rest came primarily from Michigan.

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