Ballot Board OKs Gay Marriage Proposal

The amendment is not related to a federal judge's recent decision ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states.(Photo: Jason Pier (Flickr))
The amendment is not related to a federal judge's recent decision ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states.(Photo: Jason Pier (Flickr))

Supporters of the latest version of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overturning Ohio’s gay marriage ban can now gather signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

The Ohio Ballot Board agreed Tuesday that the proposed “Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment” contains a single constitutional amendment, clearing the way for the effort to move forward.

The updated amendment includes language requiring that all legally valid marriages be treated equally under the law. It also keeps clergy from being forced to perform a same-sex marriage.

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

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

Comments
  • disqus_Rrj1iJCDh1

    Ohio is not ready for this. If put up to a vote, it will fail and set gay marriage in this state back years. That’s why the rush to put it on the ballot is suspicious.

  • Terry

    Doesn’t matter to me if people are ready for it or not, it’s coming. If not by the ballot then by the courts, but it will come.

    I never thought I would see marriage voted in by the people of WA, MD or ME…and on top of that MN rejecting their marriage amendment!

    America is ready!

  • Jack Gordon

    It’s a “Marriage Equality Proposal” not “Gay Marriage Proposal”.