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Same-sex marriage ballot issue on hold
Freedom Ohio is collecting signatures on a new petition that would not require religious institutions to recognize gay marriage
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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A federal judge deciding a case in Cincinnati revealed today that he believes a key part of Ohio’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. 

Meanwhile a group pushing for a ballot measure allowing Ohio voters to decide the issue is putting that effort on hold.

Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports the group that’s pushing a same-sex marriage amendment in Ohio says it’s retooling the language because of concerns about religious institutions. 

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Ian James of Freedom Ohio says language about recognition of same-sex marriages by religious institutions has been taken out, and that the group will start circulating the new petitions as soon as possible. But he says they still have the signatures they need to put the original issue on the ballot with a filing deadline of July 2.

“We have plenty of time now to keep collecting, or to collect this new petition, and the old one has enough buffer to last for a long, long time,” James says.

James says the new language is an attempt to build consensus with Equality Ohio, the state’s largest LGBT group, which has Equality Ohio has said it is focused on educating Ohioans about the issue so it will pass once it is on the ballot, but has disagreed with James on when is the best time to put it before voters. James also says the group will be gathering signatures for a new issue, one to prevent discrimination in housing and employment.

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