An effort to repeal Ohio’s gay marriage ban is getting the cold shoulder from established gay rights groups. On Thursday, 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.
The group is helmed by Ian James, who also headed the group which unsuccessfully campaigned in 2004 to defeat the ban, and is co-chaired by four elected officials.
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