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Ohio Lawmaker Proposes Repeal of Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

An Ohio lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the Columbus Dispatch reports:

Yates "Rep. Tyrone K. Yates, D-Cincinnati, introduced a resolution Tuesday that would eliminate Section 11, Article 15 of the Constitution, an amendment known by supporters as the Defense of Marriage Act. Voters approved the amendment by a 24-point margin in November 2004. The resolution is, to say the least, a long shot to pass. Making the ballot requires a three-fifths vote of each chamber. Even if every Democrat voted yes (an unlikely prospect), it would fall well short of the required votes."

The amendment reads: "Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage."

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  1. Although unlikely to pass it's still a good sign that this legislation has been introduced after only five years.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 12, 2009 10:06:49 AM


  2. As an Ohio native and lifelong resident up until just recently, I can assure everyone that it won't even come close to passing. The Republicans still control the state senate. And with the current mood, after next year's election they'll probably regain control of the statehouse. Ohio will be one of the last states to have equality, along with Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama.

    Posted by: Joehio | Nov 12, 2009 10:15:55 AM


  3. You would think this is the most pressing issue in American history - to repeal rights to Americans.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Nov 12, 2009 11:44:12 AM


  4. Rep. Tyrone Yates is a Cincinnati, Ohio native and, in case some of you aren't able to tell, he's a black man. All things considered, I thought that was worth mentioning.

    Mr. Yates has been a "gay-friendly" politician throughout his political career. He has sometimes taken our side even when it was not in his best interest, politically, to do so.

    Posted by: elg | Nov 12, 2009 11:49:34 AM


  5. "...Mr. Yates has been a "gay-friendly" politician throughout his political career. He has sometimes taken our side even when it was not in his best interest, politically, to do so."

    In other words, a mensch. I wish we had more such men (and women) in government.

    Posted by: Perry | Nov 12, 2009 12:26:11 PM


  6. It may not pass, but it's these kinds of heroic steps by our elected officials that help erode hatred in this country. Little by little.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 12, 2009 4:59:08 PM


  7. @ELG

    Yeah, I had to give it a double take there for a second.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Nov 13, 2009 1:27:24 PM


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