Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan has stepped down as chair of an effort to repeal Ohio’s gay marriage ban as established gay rights groups express reservations over the proposed ballot issue.
Last week, the Ballot Board cleared a proposed amendment which would legalize gay marriage in the state. It would repeal a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union, which passed in 2004 with overwhelming support.
Nascent group Freedom to Marry Ohio now must collect roughly 385,000 valid signatures from at least half of Ohio’s 88 counties to get their proposal on next year’s ballot.
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