Ohio Voters May See Gay Marriage Measure In 2014

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Associated Press
Atish Baidya

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Updated Thu, Jun 6, 2013 1:36 pm

A group seeking to overturn Ohio's ban on same-sex marriage says it's aiming to put the issue before voters in 2014.

Leaders of FreedomOhio say they decided not to try for this year's ballot and to continue discussing the idea with voters and raising resources for their campaign.

“FreedomOhio has decided to place the amendment on the November 2014 ballot to allow for a continuing dialogue with voters across Ohio about why marriage matters," the group's co-founder Ian James said.  "We will continue to build upon the hundreds of thousands of conversations we’ve had already, to identify supportive voters, and to raise the resources necessary to identify and mobilize majority support."

They've also met with the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations to discuss the effort. Some of those groups say they haven't agreed to particular timing for a ballot effort.

FreedomOhio wants to overturn the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which was supported by 62 percent of Ohio voters in 2004.

Opponents of the ban are collecting signatures to place their own constitutional amendment on the ballot. It wouldn't require churches and other religious institutions to perform or recognize a marriage.

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