Ohio AG Gives Nod to Gay Marriage Ban Repeal Initiative


Ohio’s Attorney General’s office has approved the language for a ballot initiative to repeal Ohio’s gay marriage ban.

Reports News 5:

Under the proposed measure, no religious institution would be forced to marry couples or recognize their marriages.

Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday certified the coalition’s amendment summary as “fair and truthful.” He had rejected its summary phrasing last month.

The Ohio Ballot Board must now review the proposal on Thursday but is not expected to reject the initiative.

The AG’s nod assures that the petition submitted by the group Freedom to Marry contains a thousand valid signatures and a viable summary. DeWine previously rejected the proposal saying that it did not provide an adequate description of the change in the law being sort.

LGBT rights groups hope that Ohio, in a first for any state in the US, might overturn its 2004 voter-enacted constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and replace it with language that would allow two consenting adults who otherwise fulfill the requirements of current marriage law in the state to wed.

The initiative also received the backing of the president of the Cleveland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He reportedly said:

“Not since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 has there been a more important step to achieving equality for all Americans. At the same time, we are ensuring that religious institutions are guaranteed the freedom to refuse to perform or recognize marriages.”

Equality groups will have to gather roughly 385,000 signatures to put the measure before voters in November 2013.


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Katherine E.
Katherine E5 years ago

I live in Ohio, and I thank AG DeWine for approving this ballot measure. Where to I sign the petition? We simply MUST repeal this dreadful constitutional amendment (which I voted against, btw.)

Rose Becke5 years ago

Equal rights for all

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

Human rights will eventually win out no matter how long or hard the process is. A big thank you to Cleveland's NAACP!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago


Wes Giesbrecht
Past Member 5 years ago

I think marriage should be removed from legality.
Let people have whatever kind of ceremony they want to,(or not)
within whatever religious or spiritual form they practice,
and let that be the end of it.
Let all laws governing support and division of property be equal
and give no special tax benefits that discriminate against single people.

If anything, people who don't breed should get some form of benefit.

Allan Yorkowitz
.5 years ago

In Ohio, this would be huge. If it were to pass, possibly NY would review its position?

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

gay marriage has never been about wanting to get married in the church--it has always been about civil marriage.

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

Gay marriage has never been about gays getting married in churches, but it has been about civil marriages.

Mary L.
Mary L5 years ago

as long as the state recognizes it as legally binding, it will always be possible to find a church that will welcome congregants.

Sandra L.
Sandra L5 years ago

Why on earth would anyone want to be a part of a community or married in a church that would deny their rights? We used a marriage comminsioner who was advised by my husband to avoid any reference to god or obeying or Mr and Mrs so and so, or I would walk.