The Athens News reports:
Ohio voters likely will have an opportunity to vote on a state constitutional amendment for equal marriage rights next November. Athens native and Ohio University graduate Ian James, a co-founder of Freedom to Marry Ohio, said Tuesday the group has met its petition threshold for the ballot. James, who graduated from Athens High School in 1984 and Ohio University in 1989, said Tuesday that Freedom to Marry is continuing to collect signatures with the goal of getting 1 million Ohioans signed on to support the constitutional amendment.
The amendment itself is only 46 words long, and if passed would become the shortest amendment in the state’s history. It has three central provisions: Allow two consenting adults freedom to enter into marriage regardless of gender; give religious institutions freedom to determine whom to marry; and give religious institutions protection to refuse to perform a marriage.
The last polling we have from Ohio, from April, shows state voters supporting the measure by 48% to 44%. A victory in Ohio would mean that both Indiana and Pennsylvania would be bordered by states on both sides with full marriage equality. It’s like the best game of Risk ever.
An update on the polling in Ohio from MEUSA’s Ned Flaherty:
On 19 August 2013, Public Policy Polling surveyed 551 OH voters and reported that 48% support marriage equality, 42% do not, and 10% are unsure.
On 3 September 2013, Public Religion Research Institute surveyed 1,001 adults representative of OH residents on same-gender civil marriage, and reported 47% in favor, 47% opposed, and 6% unsure or refusing. Regarding a ballot measure to amend the constitution to allow same-gender civil marriage, 45% favor it, 51% oppose it, and 4% don’t know or refused.