FACT 56 (Definition of Marriage - Obergefell v. Hodges)
Food Assistance Change Transmittal No. 56
July 24, 2015
TO: Food Assistance Certification Handbook Holders
FROM: Cynthia C. Dungey, Director
SUBJECT: Definition of Marriage - Obergefell v. Hodges

Effective: July 22, 2015

Previous Policy

In accordance with rule 5101:4-1-03(B)(47) of the Ohio Administrative Code, the term "spouse" means "…those defined as married to each other under applicable state law. Ohio does not recognize same sex marriage;."

New Policy

Consistent with the United States Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex spouses must be considered to be married for the purposes of determining eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


Effective July 22, 2015, the guidance provided in this letter shall supersede any existing rule, policy guidance or training material issued by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). ODJFS intends to propose rule 5101:4-1-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code for revision immediately and will update prior policy guidance and/or training materials as necessary.