Gay marriage supporters will resubmit a petition that seeks to repeal Ohio's gay marriage ban after a first attempt was rejected, the Gay People's Chronicle reported.
Voters in 2004 overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union.
On March 1, the group Freedom to Marry Ohio submitted nearly 1,800 signatures to the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the first step in putting the issue back on the ballot this fall or next.
DeWine said that petitioners had submitted more than the required 1,000 valid signatures but he found three defects with the summary language, including a summary which was longer than the amendment itself.
He also noted that two provisions stated in the summary were not addressed in the amendment.
“The summary states that the amendment retains the rights contained in 'Section 11 of Article XV for political subdivisions to not recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals.' However, the text of the amendment does not indicate that political subdivisions would retain these rights.”
And, DeWine added, “The summary states that the amendment retains 'the portions of Title 31 that codifies this Amendment.' However, the text of the amendment does not contain any reference to Title 31.”
Title 31 is Ohio's revised code for domestic relations, marriage and children.
Ian James of Freedom to Marry Ohio said his group is moving forward with a new version.
“[W]e expected the AG rejection and drafted a revised summary petition,” James wrote to the paper in an email. “The issue of brevity, Title 31 and the individual recognition have been addressed. The petition process continues and we anticipate filing the new summary petition next week.”
Ohio's largest gay rights advocate, Equality Ohio, will be creating awareness for marriage equality by holding a mass wedding on Saturday in front of Willard Park's Free Stamp sculpture, just blocks from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
More than 200 gay couples are expected to tie the knot at the event.
Source: On Top Magazine