Get out your clipboards, Ohio.
The Ohio Ballot Board agreed yesterday that the proposed “Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment,” which would overturn Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage, contains a single constitutional amendment. Therefore, advocates may start gathering signatures to place the measure on the ballot.
The updated amendment includes language requiring that all legally valid marriages be treated equally under the law. It also keeps clergy from being forced to perform a same-sex marriage.
The group FreedomOhio is seeking to repeal and replace Ohio’s 2004 prohibition on gay marriage.
The amendment is not related to a federal judge’s recent decision ordering Ohio authorities to recognize the marriages of gay couples performed in other states
On your marks, get set, go, Ohio! (Gohio? I’m sorry.)