First seen on Joe. My. God., The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Freedom to Marry Coaltion is starting a petition drive to place a contitutional issue of undoing Ohio’s 2004 same sex marriage ban:
The Freedom to Marry Coalition expects to file more than 1,700 signatures of registered Ohio voters; 1,000 valid signatures are required in the first step of placing a constitutional issue before Ohio voters this fall or possibly next year.
The proposal would change the Ohio Constitution — amended in 2004 to block same-sex marriage —to say that the state and political jurisdictions define marriage as “a union of two consenting adults, regardless of gender.” It also would stipulate that “no religious institution shall be required to perform or recognize a marriage.”
At that point, the Freedom to Marry Coalition can begin the task of collecting the 385,253 valid signatures required to put the issue on the statewide ballot. That could happen in November or next year, campaign officials indicated.
Hagan acknowledged that overturning the ban will be a “challenge,” but he said he thinks there has been a “fundamental shift” in public opinion since 62 percent of Ohio voters supported the 2004 amendment.
“I feel strongly now that voters, upon reflection, have come to realize everyone is entitled to the same rights.” He pointed to the fact that former Vice President Dick Cheney, a staunch Republican, lobbied for marriage-equality legislation scheduled to be signed today by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
I always thought that Ohio would be the first state to try and overturn their same-sex marriage ban. Let’s hope they will be the first successful state. If they are or are not, one thing is for sure; the tide is definately moving in our favor. It will not be a question of if states that have a same-sex marriage ban will overturn them, but when. And when ‘when’ comes, I expect it will be a race to see which state can do it the fastest. This is just the beginning of the awakening of people realizing that these bans do harm–with no good at all.