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

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

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

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Comments

truckin

Can't people just do what they want to do??? a passing vote isn't going to somehow make it right in my eyes..or somehow make homosexuals feel equal.. because either way, i will always feel that lifestyle is JUST WRONG...if just my opinion? so be it.. I believe i am entitled to it..or has one's opinion been outlawed/politically incorrect if certain view points aren't taken??

ladydye_5

It is not my lifestyle. But......What other people do, has NO effect on my marriage. It does NOT bother my husband, my marriage, my life, my happiness. Let others be happy, let others have what everyone does.

arnmcrmn

So what happens when someone wants to marry their dog? Or wants to marry their cousin, or brother or sister?

happyfeet64

Read the proposed amendment and stop being silly! I also believe in live and let live. I jokingly considered marrying myself a few years ago because I had never had a formal wedding and wanted to wear a gown, have a reception etc. but wasn't sure if I legally could. LOL

arnmcrmn

I know what it says....all Im asking is where does it stop. A man wants to marry his couch....it doesn't effect anyone, so why not let people marry inanimate objects or animals. You and I see marrying an animal as gross and wrong just like the crowd that sees two males wanting to marry as gross and wrong. Just an honest question, where does one draw the line.

ladydye_5

Honestly I do NOT care. It does NOT effect ME or my marriage. I am pretty sure there are some cousins already married! LOL.

44846GWP

So you want to marry your dog or sister?

buckeye15

Well he is from Willard....

Lourella

There is nothing incest like or animal like about their relationship. While gay couples have "relations", just like heterosexual couples do, you need to think of this as more than a sexual relationship. These are people who are in love with each other. They want to spend the rest of their lives together and have the same rights as other married people. Tax purposes, medical purposes, insurance purposes, etc. Honestly if people could see past their over perverse ideas of a what a gay relationship is they would see they are just like every other couple. While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, I would love it if people would stop talking about how gross and wrong it is and come up with a better argument as to why they don't deserve the same rights in the eyes of the law. This has nothing to do with the religious idea of what a marriage is.

JACKEL

I guess if you don't agree here it triggers the profanity filter .Guys,Ladies and aren,t profanity in my vocabulary !

JACKEL

I said packers disgust me.

44846GWP

Nice Jackel, how long did it take you to come up with that? Your wit is so sharp you could cut yourself.

JACKEL

Good one,about what I expect from a Bozo Clown Supporter !

E.Cartman

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Profane, obscene, sexual or derogatory language.

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swiss cheese kat

LOL.

E.Cartman

Comment was removed because moderator targets and discriminates against certain commenters. What a sad, pathetic little man! Could it be jealousy, envy, or just a plain old fashioned Catholic ego trip? Maybe all of those combined. At the end of the day though, I'm still a better man and carry a bigger package. Sleep well moderator!

BaileyOriginally

I think he's just anti-South Park.

Cliff Cannon

@ E. Cartman : Got to disagree with on why your comment was pulled down. For you postulate it was a " plain old fashioned Catholic ego trip " as to why your hilarious comment left us.


Of course, the 'common thought ' is that the " Reflector " thanks to Joe Centers --who is a true gift to Norwalk--- being Catholic, the " Reflector " is a Catholic biased paper.


Honestly, nothing could be further from the truth.( In my opinion) Of the reporters in the news room who would edit these comments, one would find only one other Catholic, then quite a variety of denominations are represented, topping oFF with " news editor " Matt Roche being Jehovah Witness.( Since Mr. Roche has publically written of his denomination, it is fair to mention it)


So who did what, is open to conjecture. Certainly, as you noted it could be 'jealousy' or ' envy' to be sure. However, may I add this thought ?


You ain't been embarrassed or frustrated to the max, till 'news editor' Roche has stripped the heart and soul from a " letter to the editor " essay you have written for the printed paper.


Something about being totally embarrassed in front of 8000 subscribers because your " punch line " has been purposely deleted to make you look stupid in the name of " editing " truly leaves one cold.


So is that sometime blog page 'moderator' living a " Jehovah Witness " ego trip or am I simply an 'infidel' to him ? Either way it is totally un professional, to destroy--- simply because you can--- some one's public opinion. Would you agree ?


Either way, you and " Bailey Original " make a simply marvelously funny team. Here's hoping you work the Blogville circuit as the comedians of yester year worked " Vaudeville "


Only question is would you be " Cartman & Bailey " or " Bailey & Cartman " However you two play it. Your both hilarious so PLEASE don't let 'editors' ( moderators) with an agenda get you down

E.Cartman

Cliff.......our opinions may differ on the character of certain individuals and the origin of bias, but rest assured I am only getting warmed up! ;-)

Cliff Cannon

@ E. Cartman :Good Morning. Glad to see your " only getting warmed up" in your pursuit of good reporting & editing.


Even though, I think the " Reflector " is a very fine paper as well as think Joe Centers is a hall of famer. The paper ,like any other entity (or person) can use a little kick start from time to time. So, as always, I look forward to your comments.
I also am very grateful your comment allowed me to get it oFF my chest publically for the wholesale destruction of so many of my essays by Mr. Roche.


I truly wish, he would've simply pulled my opinions out of the paper. Rather than purposely making me look dumber than normal. After all, who better than you to understand what a missing punch line does to a story.


Great day to you

BaileyOriginally

Now THAT'S funny..."two schlongs don't make a right" ....lol! Moderator, have you such a large stick-like protrusion up your nether-region that you can't appreciate humor and creativity? I think this is a highly contestable issue, with strong points on either side. I don't agree with a lot of the comments on this article, BUT...I can certainly give credit where credit is due in the humor department!

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rainhawk

My opinion is that everyone has the right to persue happiness. Treat others as you would have yourself treated. I realize everyone has their own opinion, but it is also important to realize just because you feel the way you do, does not mean you have to impose your opinion on others.

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swiss cheese kat

When gay marriage is in place, will there be no barrier to incestuous marriage so long as it is gay in nature? Once marriage is redefined, no one may be excluded from forming the marriage they want.

happyfeet64

Seriously? According to studies, consensual incest is extremely rare. Most incestuous relationships are abusive in nature(molestation) and contrary to "The Jerry Springer Show", a consensual relationship is extremely rare. Unfortunately, you are repeating one of the many,many inaccuracies that the opponents to equality in marriage have perpetuated. If someone is against equality in marriage,say you're against it,why explain your reasons? Don't use silly and inaccurate "facts" or beliefs to justify why you're against it. I personally don't care if I'm politically correct-never have and never will.

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swiss cheese kat

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

Really are you ...

No way. It should have stayed a common union between a man and a woman everywhere. It was Adam and Eve. Not Adam and Steve or Ada and Eve. There is a period at the end of every sentence, and you can't have two periods in the same sentence. Besides how in the heck do they file taxes at the end of the year? Who is the Spouse?

happyfeet64

Just to let you know- not all of us believe in Adam and Eve and not all of us follow a Christian path of religion. Oh and last I looked- the 10 Commandments were considered Mosaic law,the New Testament covers the guidelines for Gentiles to follow.And when Jesus was questioned as to what commandments to follow, he didn't say anything about the 10 Commandments,now did he?

ladydye_5

Your "argument" only holds merit IF you quote the BIBLE! What about those who do NOT follow the bible? Can you have the same argument with out using bible verses or quotes?

Really are you ...

I am not a religious person, just blogging it the way I see it. Look at your family tree, trace it back a couple of generations, I'll bet it branches out. If this goes through, Ohio will have family trees and bushes.

It is comforting to believe in a higher power, but we as people are ultimately responsible for our own actions. If Jesus or one of the other hire powers tells you something or guides you to do something, you should probably have a psychiatric evaluation.

If Jesus died for our sins, why are we still suffering? Why hasn't he sent any disciples to earth lately? O my bad, the Davidian Branch in Waco Texas 1993.

mgraham5102

Just wondering, since Adam & Eve weren't married in a church, doesn't that make all of their children illegitimate?
As far as the tax thing is concerned the couple would file just like all other couples. You do realize that it doesn't matter who 'Spouse' is on the tax return as long as you're married, right?

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