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Ohio Group Seeks Gay Marriage Amendment

By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 05:55 AM

 A group backing an amendment to allow same-sex marriage, Freedom to Marry Ohio, has resubmitted a petition with more than 1,000 registered voters’ signatures to Attorney General Mike DeWine, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

DeWine rejected the group’s first petition on March 9, saying there were flaws in the amendment’s language.
 
If the latest petition is approved and the request clears the Ohio Ballot Board, the coalition will then have to gather 385,253 registered voters’ signatures to put the same-sex marriage amendment on the 2013 statewide ballot.
 
The amendment, if voters approve, will modify the Ohio Constitution so that it will define marriage as “a union of two consenting adults, regardless of gender.” The new amendment would eliminate a law voters passed in 2004 that declared marriage to be between one man and one woman.
 
“Ohioans are fair and want to give two adults the freedom to marry,” said Tim Hagan, former Cuyahoga County commissioner and Freedom to Marry Ohio chairman. “We should honor the best attributes of marriage like love, commitment, and family stability. We should be celebrating and encouraging these enduring relationships.”

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