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Language approved for ballot initiative to repeal Ohio same-sex marriage ban

Monday, April 14, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has certified the language in a new version of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Ohio-flagThe updated amendment includes language requiring that all legally valid marriages be treated equally under the law.

The amendment language approved by DeWine Monday would also keep clergy from being forced to perform a same-sex marriage. The language goes next to the state ballot board for review.

The group FreedomOhio is seeking to repeal and replace Ohio’s 2004 prohibition on gay marriage.

DeWine’s decision is not related to a federal judge’s decision Monday ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states.

The attorney general must certify the accuracy of summaries of proposed ballot issues.

Also Monday, a fFederal judge in Cincinnati ordered Ohio officials to recognize lawfully performed same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

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