Gay-marriage supporters won’t set target date for Ohio vote

The Columbus Dispatch
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September 10, 2013

Supporters are loading the campaign bus to try to persuade Ohio voters to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. They just aren’t sure when it’s leaving.

The pushback against the 2004 marriage ban gained attention yesterday with a three-city announcement of the Why Marriage Matters Ohio education campaign.

Backers at a Statehouse news conference included the Equality Ohio Education Fund, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Ohio, clergy members, the only openly gay state legislator, a Columbus businessman and two same-sex couples.

But there is a schism in the gay and transgender community about when the Ohio campaign should begin: next year, 2016 or beyond?