Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Freedom to Marry Petitions Approved by Ohio Attorney General

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 2:18 PM


This morning, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine approved the initial summary language for a marriage equality amendment that would repeal of the 2004 “Defense of Marriage” Amendment. The Freedom to Marry movement and its sponsoring group, FreedomOhio, had submitted its second set of preliminary petitions to DeWine last week — revising the language he initially rejected — accompanied 574 more valid signatures than the 1,000 required.

The proposed amendment now goes to the state ballot board for final approval. Once they’ve signed off on it, that gives the FreedomOhio the go-ahead to start circulating petitions to gather the 385,245 valid signatures required to put it on the ballot. It has already signed up 1,400 volunteers in all 88 counties to launch the effort.

In a statement, Freedom to Mary chairman and former Cuyahoga County commissioner Tim Hagan said

The people of this state also understand this is an economic issue and we need all the good paying jobs we can attract and keep in this state. By making Ohio a Freedom To Marry state, we are sending a message that this is a warm and welcoming place to come, live, fall in love, marry and make a great life for yourself, your spouse and your children.

The amendment would allow any two individuals to marry legally in Ohio and specifies the right of any religious group not to perform or recognize any marriage that doesn’t square with their beliefs. — Anastasia Pantsios

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 17, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation