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Marriage equality supporters in Ohio resubmit petition to repeal constitutional amendment

Marriage equality

By Jacob Combs

Early this month, a group called the Freedom to Marry Coalition collected and filed over 1700 signatures with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to place a measure on the November ballot that would repeal the state’s 2004 constitutional ban on marriage equality.  A week later, Attorney General Mike DeWine, an opponent of marriage equality, rejected the group’s petition, writing that he was “unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed constitutional amendment for three reasons.”

Yesterday, the Freedom to Marry Coalition resubmitted their petition, this time with almost 2400 signatures.  In an email to The Gay People’s Chronicle, Ian James of the Freedom to Marry coalition wrote, “We expected the AG rejection and drafted a revised summary petition.  The issue of brevity, Title 31 and the individual recognition have been addressed.”

Should DeWine accept the revised proposal, the group would have to collect around 385,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.  Equality Ohio, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, has not yet come out in support of the effort, and any path to repealing the constitutional amendment rmains uncertain.


  • 1. Sagesse  |  March 28, 2012 at 9:30 am


  • 2. rocketeer500  |  March 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I don't think the Freedom to Marry Coalition has a snow balls chance–certainly not in Ohio. DeWine is a known homophobe. He will not approve the petition; he'll just find another excuse.

  • 3. grod  |  March 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Adam Bink’s posting on March 12 quotes from Attorney General Dewine’s reply to Freedom to Marry Coalition, petition. In today’s resubmission, no doubt that Freedom took his detailed critique not account

  • 4. Carpool Cookie  |  March 28, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I was reading that Dharun Ravi (of the Rutgers spycam case) will be sentenced on May 21.

    Does it usually take 2 months to return for sentencing after a jury verdict in a criminal case? I'd think they'd want to let the convicted get on with their life by serving their sentence…or appealing.

  • 5. Ann_S  |  March 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I don't know that much about sentencing, but there are arguments to prepare on each side, maybe a social worker or probation officer will interview him and do a report, possibly even a psychologist? I don't know. It does seem as though possibly even all that could be done in less than 2 months, though.

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