POLL: Majority Of Ohioans Support Marriage Equality

A new Saperstein Poll for the Columbus Dispatch shows that a majority of Ohio voters support a proposed constitutional amendment to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Though 62 percent voted for the 2004 ban, 54 percent now say they’re ready to repeal it. Only 40 percent oppose the proposal.

These results come just as numerous Ohio lawmakers have spoken out on the issue. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) expressed his support for marriage equality two weeks ago, explaining that he came to support the issue after his son came out to him. In response, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) countered that even having a gay son would not change his opposition to same-sex marriage. Last Thursday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) briefly offered his support for civil unions before his office walked back the statement.

An October poll similarly found that 52 percent of Ohio voters support marriage equality. According to the crosstabs, support was highest among women, young people, and independents: