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Ohio AG certifies petition for marriage equality amendment

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced that he had certified the petition for the proposed constitutional amendment that would repeal the state’s existing ban on same-sex marriage.

Mike Dewine

The amendment would modify the Ohio Constitution to define marriage as “a union of two consenting adults, regardless of gender.”

The proposed amendment would also allow churches to refuse to perform or honor a same-sex marriage.

The issue must now go before the Ohio Ballot Board, which will decide if the proposal should be a single or multiple amendments on the ballot.

After that, the Freedom to Marry coalition must gather 385,253 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters — 10 percent of the vote in the 2010 gubernatorial election — to put the amendment to a statewide vote in 2013, reported the Columbus Dispatch.

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

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8 more reader comments:

  1. it’s about time-this part of the country is so behind the times, like maybe 40 years

    Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1:17pm
  2. you think? Florida is just as stubborn.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1:19pm
  3. Try living in OK. I lived in Covington, KY for more than 40 years. The Greater Cincinnati area has nothing on OK. They are downright liberal compared to here. We don’t even have “hate” crime legislation.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1:28pm
  4. Not stubborn Terry, too Republican

    Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1:31pm
  5. YES! I AM SO GLAD FOR THIS!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 1:48pm
  6. woot! Go Ohio! Now come & spread some of that equality to PA! I live in the Erie area, so I’m not that far away from both OH & NY, but no equality for the republican run PA.

    Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 2:11pm
  7. i am in shock!!!! woohoo!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 2:25pm
  8. Erin – just make sure you vote on April 24th and again on Nov. 6th. And research your candidates thoroughly! Contact them and find out where they stand on marriage equality and passing HB300 (which will make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation in employment, housing etc. in PA). Also, look at the endorsements from Equality PA. No more voting for Dems or (Repubs) who don’t stand firmly in favor of equality!

    Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 2:42pm