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Putting the same-sex marriage amendment on Ohio ballots divides activists
Two gay rights groups have differing opinions on when Ohio should vote on the allowing same-sex marriage
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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A group pushing to legalize same-sex marriage says that issue will be on the ballot next year. But, as Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, the announcement shows a continuing split among gay-rights activists.

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The group Freedom to Marry has been at odds with the state’s leading gay rights group, Equality Ohio, over an amendment allowing same-sex marriage in Ohio. Equality Ohio has been cautious, but Freedom to Marry wants the issue on the ballot soon. 

Freedom to Marry says in a statement that after a meeting with Equality Ohio and other national and state activists, “We have decided to be on the ballot in 2014 to allow for a continuing dialogue with voters across Ohio about why marriage matters.”

A statement from Equality Ohio says that, while the meeting with Freedom to Marry did happen,  there was no agreement to go forward with a ballot issue next year. Equalty Ohio’s statement says it will work to “increase public support so we can win on the ballot — in 2016, or if possible sooner.”

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