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Equality Ohio Holds Back on Gay Marriage Amendment for 2014

Friday, August 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

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One of the groups fighting to legalize same sex marriage in Ohio says 2014 may not be the best time to ask voters to repeal the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Elyzabeth Holford is the executive director of Equality Ohio, and spoke at the City Club of Cleveland’s weekly forum today.  She says the group needs to get more public support before going to the ballot, and she says recent public opinion polls aren’t strong enough.

“Quinnipiac did a marriage equality survey.  We polled at 46 percent,” she say.  And while that’s only a few points shy of 50 percent, Holford says, “That’s a leap!  You want to be polling—every state that has marriage equality right now was polling at over 51 percent and most of them were at 55 before they went to the polls.”

Holford says her group hasn’t completely ruled out a 2014 push, but says a loss next fall could be a big setback for their efforts.

Meanwhile, another pro-gay marriage group, Freedom Ohio, is pushing the amendment for the 2014 ballot.

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