Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Calling For Constitutional Change

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Supporters of same-sex marriage dropped off nearly 1,800 signatures to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on Thursday as a first step in changing Ohio’s Constitution.

Ohio voters approved the state’s same-sex marriage ban in 2004, 10TV’s Danielle Elias reported.

“We had to leave the country we love to be married,” said Ian James of Freedom to Marry Ohio.

James was one of many fighting to change the state’s constitution.

“My husband and I were married in 2003 in Canada,” James said. “But this isn’t’ about us. This is about Ohio.”

The proposed amendment would allow two consenting adults to marry and would allow religious institutions the freedom to refuse to recognize or perform a ceremony of marriage, James said.

Opponents said that they do not want to see Ohio join the handful of states that have approved same-sex marriage, Elias reported.

“We don’t think our children should be taught in public schools that homosexuality is the norm,” Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values, said. “That’s what’s happened in these states, where they have approved same-sex marriage. Once you approve same-sex marriage, then the children are the target.”

Burress said that if the amendment makes it to the November ballot, “Obama can kiss Ohio goodbye.”

James said that his organization and supporters of same-sex marriage will press the issue on a future ballot.

“We will absolutely put this issue on the ballot, and when we do, and I believe that will be in 2013, we will win, because we will never never never never give up and never give in,” James said.

If the Attorney General’s Office certifies 1,000 valid signatures, Freedom to Marry has to collect nearly 400,000 signatures to put the proposed amendment on the ballot, Elias reported.

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