Ohio Voters Now Support Same-Sex Marriage
In 2004, Ohio was one of a number of states to enact measures banning same-sex marriage. At the time, many observers attributed President Bush’s victory in the state, and hence his victory in his bid for re-election, to the conservative voters drawn to the polls in the Buckeye State to vote on the measure. Now, though, Ohio’s voters have very different opinions on the issue:
Ohioans have switched sides on the same-sex marriage debate, nine years after banning gay and lesbian nuptials, according to a new survey.
A Saperstein poll, released Sunday, showed that 54 percent of Ohioans now support a new amendment, which would repeal the state’s 2004 measure banning gay marriage and “allow two consenting adults to marry, regardless of their gender,” The Columbus Dispatch reported.
Only 40 percent oppose the new proposal, which, according to the newspaper, would allow religious institutions freedom to choose whether they’ll marry certain couples and protect them should they refuse to preform the marriages.
The state’s “coming out” in support of same-sex marriage follows news that one of the Buckeye State’s senators also had a change of heart. Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who co-sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act, changed his views after learning that one of his sons is gay. The poll was conducted a week before Portman’s op-ed was published.
There’s no word on whether there is actually a serious effort to put this type of measure on the ballot. At this point, it’s likely too late to start mounting an effort to get it on the 2014 ballot, but it could happen in the future.