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Same-sex marriage proponents agree, and disagree
It’s not about whether they support the issue – it’s about whether voters will next year

Karen Kasler
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The debate is raging over legalized same-sex marriage, even between two groups that freely admit they support the idea. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with the leaders of those groups for their first joint interview, and found it’s not about whether they support the issue – it’s about whether voters will next year.
Same-sex marriage proponents agree, and disagree

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The group FreedomOhio is pushing the amendment for next year’s ballot – just ten years after Ohio voters approved an amendment defining marriage as between only one man and one woman. Ian James heads FreedomOhio, and says polling shows voters are moving into support for same-sex marriage. 

“We’ve got to put this together. There’s a fierce urgency of now.”

But Elyzabeth Holford, with the state’s leading gay rights group Equality Ohio, says polls aren’t showing sustained support. 

“We need to have the benchmark numbers consistently hitting 51 percent. Those make sense and have worked in other campaigns. And I think we probably agree on that.” 

James: “If we do that, will you be with us?” 

Holford: “I will be working towards marriage equality, just the way I am right now.”

Both James and Holford estimate a campaign would cost many millions of dollars, but neither has a guess on just how many millions.
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