Ohio Marriage Amendment Clears First Hurdle

Freedom to Marry’s campaign to repeal Ohio’s discriminatory constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage cleared a key hurdle on Tuesday, as Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the group’s new amendment summary as “fair and truthful.” The coalition is hoping to place a ballot initiative before voters in November 2013, which would strike down the state’s 2004 constitutional amendment recognizing marriages as a union between a man and a woman. The Ohio Ballot Board will now review the proposal “before the group can begin gathering the roughly 385,000 signatures needed to put the measure before voters.” DeWine had rejected an earlier draft of the group’s provision. Here is the approved language: