Ohio group moving forward with plans to seek ballot repeal of gay marriage ban

Gay marriage supporters rally outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Al Behrman, AP

Gay marriage supporters rally outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments in six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. A ruling in those cases is pending.Al Behrman, AP

Gay marriage supporters rally outside the Potter Stewart United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Cincinnati, where the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals was hearing arguments in six cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. On Thursday, the court upheld those bans.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A group seeking a constitutional amendment on the ballot to overturn Ohio’s gay marriage ban says it will continue that push while hoping that the issue will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

FreedomOhio Executive Director Ian James outlined that plan in a statement Thursday after a federal appeals court in Cincinnati upheld same-sex marriage bans in Ohio and three other states.

The court broke ranks with other courts that have considered the issue, increasing the likelihood that the Supreme Court will take it up.

James says his group hopes that happens and that the court overturns the state ban, which he calls discriminatory. In the meantime, he says the group will continue collecting signatures for the ballot effort.

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