Gay-rights groups at odds over when to attempt repeal of same-sex marriage ban

The Columbus Dispatch
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June 6, 2013

There’s consensus among national gay organizations to back a campaign to overturn Ohio’s same-sex marriage ban. But unusual events yesterday showed there’s no agreement on when that should happen.

Minutes after a meeting of 11 state and national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations ended in Columbus yesterday, Ian James, co-founder of FreedomOhio, sent out a release saying his group will seek a statewide vote next year to overturn the ban Ohioans approved in 2004.

“We have decided to be on the ballot in 2014 to allow for a continuing dialogue with voters across Ohio about why marriage matters,” James said.