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Ohio Attorney General rejects petition to repeal state’s ban on gay marriage

Sunday, March 11, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine on Friday rejected a petition for seeking a ballot measure to amend the Ohio constitution and repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

DeWine said that the advocacy group Freedom to Marry Ohio had submitted the initial required 1,000 voter signatures, but had not supplied an adequate description of the measure.

The group is seeking to place a question on the ballot that would legalize same-sex marriage, while allowing churches and religious organizations the “freedom to determine who they wish to marry,” reported WFMJ-TV.

In 2004, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

In a press release, Dewine stated that the petition was rejected on logistical standpoints such as the summary language being longer than the amendment itself, and incorrect section references being made.

“After reviewing the submission, I conclude that I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed constitutional amendment,” Dewinde said.

Ian James of Freedom to Marry Ohio said the rejection was not surprising, citing previous rejections by Dewine in the past and said that the coalition will keep “moving forward.”

DeWine’s approval is needed before the group can start an effort to obtain the 385,000 signatures needed to put the measure before Ohio voters.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. That’s fucked up

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:01pm
  2. that sucks!

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:02pm
  3. asshole

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:04pm
  4. what a loser

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:04pm
  5. He must be sad n lonely. Booooo…no excuses…

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:06pm
  6. BS…. come on, seriously?!

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:09pm
  7. ^ hes just miserable and pissed cause he couldnt get none even if he was with a man!

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:09pm
  8. Just saying. Power to the people :)

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:10pm
  9. He definitely won’t be re-elected.

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:11pm
  10. It is Ohio, like hello! Not surprised, however, I do empathize w/ the L/G of Ohio…keep your spirits up.xoxo

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:11pm
  11. Can we please elect Democrats overwhelmingly & push them to make gay marriage legal? Referendums tend to mobilize the fundamentalists & we’ve lost almost every single time. It’s far more likely with Dems controlling everything as has happened in other states.

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:28pm
  12. The electorate in Ohio clearly wants this stupid law to be repealed and the AG may well have had some technical reason for the rejection, but if he is presented with a petition that meets whatever criteria and is legal he must accept it, right?

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:33pm
  13. I don’t know why ppl make such a big deal about gay marriage!! We are all human and want to be happy just like everyone else!!! damn let us have that!!!

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:38pm
  14. Can’t expect too much from a douchebag who backed Santorum…

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:56pm
  15. In time… in time…

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 10:58pm
  16. dang : (

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 11:20pm
  17. Sorry, but Ohio is run by idiots. I live in Wisconsin so I know how it is.

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 11:28pm
  18. “In a press release, Dewine stated that the petition was rejected on logistical standpoints such as the summary language being longer than the amendment itself, and incorrect section references being made.”…?

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 11:31pm
  19. oh wow why don’t people let this all go through…. “Pretty soon the excuse will be sorry im pissed off so the homos cant get married on my watch cuz my dog bit my ass.” ugh………………………………….

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 11:49pm
  20. Its OHIO…need i say more?????

    Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 11:50pm
  21. i hate the ppl that live in ohio i really do >>

    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:03am
  22. ^ I’m from ohio so i have the right to complain

    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:04am
  23. People who lets their personal belief interfere with the rights of other’s.
    Should be Fired!!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:14am
  24. Ohio is the south of the north

    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 12:27am
  25. “dislike”

    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:19am
  26. He’s afraid

    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 6:45am
  27. siiiiiiigh…. It’s 2012 right? I didn’t get sucked into a time machine and go backwards in my sleep or anything right? This is 2012 ?!?

    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:05am
  28. Who says bigotry and hatred is dead?

    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 7:49am
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    Posted on Monday, March 12, 2012 at 2:11pm