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Marriage Equality Public Education Campaign Kicks Off in Ohio: VIDEO


Marriage equality supporters in Ohio launched a new campaign to educate the public about marriage equality yesterday while a timeframe for action is agreed upon, the Columbus Dispatch reports:

The pushback against the 2004 marriage ban gained attention yesterday with a three-city announcement of the Why Marriage Matters Ohio education campaign.

Backers at a Statehouse news conference included the Equality Ohio Education Fund, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Ohio, clergy members, the only openly gay state legislator, a Columbus businessman and two same-sex couples.

But there is a schism in the gay and transgender community about when the Ohio campaign should begin: next year, 2016 or beyond?

Elyzabeth Holford, executive director of Equality Ohio, said Ohioans value fairness and human dignity, and will eventually vote to overturn the 2004 amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman. But she would not commit to pushing the issue to the ballot next year.

Cincinnati City Council member Chris Seelbach (above) spoke at that city's launch event:

The issue is personal for Seelbach, the city’s first openly gay council member. He talked about his desire to marry his partner of 8 years, noting “it’s about my family being treated fairly and equally in the state of Ohio.”

Watch WLWT's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Ohio will lose much respect if they don't pass marriage equality. (BTW, I'm at Cupertino today, Tim Cook has just taken the stage and we're going to see/hear all about Apple's new products... waaHOO!)

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Sep 10, 2013 1:04:17 PM

  2. woohoo - yea, lets spend millions getting it on the ballot to BEG heteros for a RIGHT that should ber OURS to begin with....Grow the F up America!!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Sep 10, 2013 2:10:49 PM

  3. Hot guy behind that guy.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 10, 2013 2:12:58 PM

  4. Did they teach heterosexual marriage? Got all the bases covered--more like suffocated.

    Posted by: Win | Sep 10, 2013 4:30:46 PM

  5. And Columbus, OH continues to be the global epicenter for hot gay dudes.

    Bizarre, but true.

    Posted by: FFS | Sep 10, 2013 6:58:38 PM

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