Ohio same-sex marriage petition certified

April 4, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 4 (UPI) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced he has certified a petition to amend the state Constitution to allow same-sex marriages.

The advocacy group Freedom to Marry delivered a reworked summary of its proposal to repeal a 2004 constitutional amendment, which only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman, and replace it with wording that would allow marriage between consenting adults irrespective of gender.

The summary came with 2,380 signatures in support of the proposal, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

An earlier summary was rejected as an inadequate description of the measure, but the new proposal, submitted March 26, was deemed a "fair and truthful" summary, DeWine said Tuesday in a news release.

The petitioners will need to collect signatures of voters, equal to 10 percent of the votes cast in the state's most recent gubernatorial election, to get the proposal on the November ballot, the newspaper said. The Ohio secretary of state's office Web site says about 3.85 million votes were cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

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