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.
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.