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Ohio AG certifies petition for marriage equality amendment

Ohio AG certifies petition for marriage equality amendment

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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