Gay marriage supporters hope to repeal Ohio Constitutional Amendment

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The group Freedom to Marry Ohio is seeking to repeal and replace a 2004 state constitutional amendment that says Ohio only recognizes a marriage between a man and woman.

Their proposal seeks to allow two consenting adults to enter into marriage, regardless of gender.

"I believe that two people of the same sex who love each other deserve the exact same protections under the law that anyone else does," said Chris Seelbach.

Cincinnati Councilman Chris Seelbach is the city's first openly gay council member. He is putting his support behind the efforts to repeal the state's constitutional amendment.

"We can get this on the ballot and talk to everyone we know, our neighbors our co-workers, our family members about do you believe in equal rights, if so this is something you should get behind," said Seelbach.

Seelbach is encouraged that seven states have adopted same sex marriage laws since 2004.

"We are on the progressing to getting equality at some point," said Seelbach. "If you look at the trend, this is something they innately get."

But on the flip side, Phil Burress, President of Citizens for Community Values, says there is no momentum for gay marriage.

"The people in 31-states have voted to say marriage is between one man and one woman," said Burress. "Seven states have allowed same sex marriage and that has all been done by the legislature."

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