I recently joined the Freedom to Marry Ohio as a steering committee co-chair. As neighbors, the prospect of Ohio bringing marriage equality to it’s state, should be very encouraging to Pennsylvania residents.
The goal of Freedom to Marry Ohio is to repeal section 11 of the Ohio Constitution That section states:
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.
And replace it with this amendment:
Be it Resolved by the People of the State of Ohio that Article XV, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution be adopted and read as follows: Section 11. In the State of Ohio and its political subdivisions, marriage shall be a union of two consenting adults not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife living, and no religious institution shall be required to perform or recognize a marriage.
In layman’s terms, the amendment would:
1. Allow two consenting adults freedom to enter into a marriage regardless of gender;
2. Give religious institutions freedom to determine whom to marry;
3. Give religious institutions protection to refuse to perform a marriage.
We need to collect approximately 386,000 valid signatures to place the Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom amendment on the ballot. Our grass-roots, citizen-driven movement is growing every day. Please join and be part of history by liking us on Facebook or registering here.
You can also collect signatures from your friends, family members and neighbors by downloading a petition at https://freedomohio.com/volunteers/.
Each state that makes marriage equality a reality gets us a step closer to FULL EQUALITY!
So share this blog, register your support, get involved, and help make this a reality.
*Statistics and links from www.freedomohio.com