Kristi Stokes, Ordained Minister in Ohio, Sues Cuyahoga County Over Law Requiring Ministers to Officiate Same-sex Weddings

Kristi Stokes (center), owner of Covenant Weddings in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, interacting with a bride and groom at a wedding photo shoot. | Courtesy of ADF

An ordained minister in Ohio has filed a federal lawsuit against Cuyahoga County, challenging a law that would require her to officiate same-sex marriage ceremonies or face a fine of $5,000.

Kristi Stokes, an evangelical Christian and the owner of Covenant Weddings, filed the lawsuit this week at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.