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Ohio Gay Marriage Supporters Confident Issue Will Be on Ballot
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Ken Hines) -- Gay marriage will be on the state's ballots in 2014, so say members of an Ohio advocacy group.
FreedomOhio members claim they now have enough signatures to put the issue on next years ballot. A recent poll conducted by the group shows a dead heat (48 percent to 47 percent) between those opposing and supporting gay marriage.
The numbers change dramatically (56 percent in favor) when Ohioans learn churches won't be forced to perform same sex services.
"The more you attend services, the more likely you are going to be opposed to the amendment," said Ian James, the Executive Director of FreedomOhio. "So there is a direct correlation to faith and opposition."
But to Joshua Snyder-Hill, the issue is about much more than percentages. He married his husband two years ago in Washington D.C., but their union is not recognized here in their home state.
"Marriage is a goal [for] your family. It's a goal for every kid," Snyder-Hill said. "Go to school, have kids, get a great education, get a home, and get married.
Phil Burress, the President of Citizens for Community Values, responded to FreedomOhio's poll by questioning the validity of its findings. He called the survey's results, "pure propaganda."
In order to ensure the inclusion of the issue of same-sex marriage on next year's ballot, supporters are required to submit approximately 385,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office by July, 2014.