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Gay marriage opponents lose a round in Ohio's Supreme Court
Attempt to block voter petitions drive fails
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Attorney General Mike DeWine applauds an Ohio Supreme Court decision on an attempt to pass a gay marriage amendment in Ohio.
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state Supreme Court made the right call in dismissing a motion by opponents of gay marriage.

The group had asked the high court to block a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow same-sex marriage in Ohio. While an opponent of gay marriage, DeWine had asked the Republican- dominated court to dismiss the case.

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“When somebody wants to put something on the ballot, it’s not a question of wether Mike Dewine likes it or doesn’t like it. …  The question is: Is it a concise and accurate representation of what that ballot initiative would do. And our lawyers looked at it and said, ‘Yes it was.’”

Now that the Supreme Court has agreed, the issue could be on the statewide ballot as early as next fall.

Backers of gay marriage need more than 358 thousand valid petition signatures.

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