Groups plan to put gay marriage issue before Ohio voters in 2014

Last month, Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.
TNS Regional News
Jun 6, 2013


Organizers backing a constitutional amendment to allow gay marriage in Ohio said Wednesday that they’ll put the issue before voters in November 2014.

Ian James, co-founder of FreedomOhio, said delaying the vote by a year allows more time to raise money and build support among Ohioans.

He also announced that the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Ohio, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, National Freedom to Marry and other groups are now working together on the campaign. Previously, the groups had been fractured about what avenue to take.

The proposed Freedom to Marry amendment reads, “marriage shall be a union of two consenting adults not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife living, and no religious institution shall be required to perform or recognize a marriage.”

Elyzabeth Holford, Executive Director at Equality Ohio, said in a written statement: “We all recognize our responsibility to Ohioans to make sure we get this right. And I know that together, we will. When we do move forward it will be with the same strong partners as the other successful states.”

James has said that his group has already collected more than the required 386,000 voter signatures required to put the question to the voters statewide.

Ohioans voted 62 percent to 38 percent in favor of a constitutional amendment in 2004 that defines marriage as between one man and one woman and prohibits the state or local government from recognizing a legal status for unmarried individuals.

A Gallup poll released in May shows national support for gay marriage at 53 percent — the fourth consecutive survey from the firm showing 50 percent or above approval. And a March Saperstein Poll for The Columbus Dispatch showed that 54 percent of Ohioans back the Freedom to Marry amendment, but other surveys show as few as 41 percent of Ohioans favor same-sex marriage.

Last month, Minnesota became the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.


By Laura A. Bischoff - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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be for real

I sure am voting no.They should move to the states where they have passed it,and people accept them.I for one do not and never will


What a shame for them. I bet they're gonna be all tore up inside over your slight.

Scranton Tibbs

"These gays is ruinin' ereything!, fix me up a mess of cornbread and beans before church....Pastor Davis has live snakes tonight! Pray the gay away!" Wow....backwoods country. "Adam and Steve"....never heard THAT one before...I would worry more about the TRILLIONS of dollars we are in the red, than whether Billy and Allen get hitched....Jesus.

Really are you ...

Population control. Two guys can't create life. Two ladies can't create life. If the two ladies both have babies and continue to produce from extramarital one night stands, that is two or more separate supplemental incomes from child support for at least the next eighteen years.


The posts against equal rights for all Americans, always seem to need to quote the Bible to try to prove their points. If being a Christian would teach me to hate anything or anyone different from myself then I would stop being a Christian. Thankfully though being a Christian means something different to me. I believe that I should treat others the way I would like to be treated. So, even though I am not gay, I believe those that are should have the same rights as every other American and that includes the right to marry whomever they choose and enjoy the persuit happiness that is so well spoken of in the Declaration of Independence. If that life does not hurt me, or touch my life in any detrimental way, then I say pass this resolution and lets move forward. Away from hate and away from using the Bible to promote a bigoted philosophy!


If that is what they want to do, then it is their decision. Who am I to judge? But, as with Sodom and Gomorrah, I fear our society's glorification of promiscuity will be a factor in our impending downfall.


Where is there any more promiscuity in a gay couple being married than a heterosexual couple? I'm straight, not that it matters, but if two people love each other and are responsible members of society, does what happens in their bed really matter? When those of you quoting information from the Bible make these comments, I find myself wondering how many people are standing around your bed to ensure you follow the standards as passed down by your Church.
The Bible has been rewritten many times throughout history. The King James version, the one most people tend to quote, was a rewrite of the Great Bible, a book authorized and approved by one of the most famous adulterers of all time, Henry VIII.
King James, before working on the Holy book, had his own issues with women and personally supervised the torture of women accused of being witches. I think the Bible in this form could be a bit sexist and may not want to be relied upon for judging others.


There is absolutely no reason why marriage equality shouldn't be passed. All American citizens deserve the same rights. It's as simple and logical as that.

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swiss cheese kat

Once marriage is redefined, no one may be excluded from forming the marriage they want.