- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The city of Columbus’ newly elected mayor and former mayor will be attending President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

The Columbus Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1N3dHTy ) reports new Mayor Andrew Ginther will go to the Tuesday night event as a guest of U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, a Republican from the area. Ginther is a Democrat who became Columbus’ 53rd mayor Jan. 1.

Former Mayor Michael Coleman, who had held the job for 16 years, is attending as a guest of U.S. Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Columbus-area Democrat.

The White House previously announced that Cincinnati resident Jim Obergefell is attending as a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama. Obergefell was the plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark case last year establishing that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry.

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