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Ohio AG rejects petition to legalize same sex marriage

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine has rejected a petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution which would have redefined the definition of marriage.

The amendment petition was drafted and sponsored by same sex marriage advocate organization Freedom to Marry Ohio.

The petition directly asked that the Ohio constitution be rewritten so all persons would have the chance to marry, regardless of gender. The amendment also asked for churches to be given the "freedom to determine who they wish to marry."

The petition had garnered 1,000 signatures.

But in a press release, Dewine stated that the petition was rejected on logistical standpoints such as the summary language being longer than the amendment itself, and incorrect section references being made.

"After reviewing the submission, I conclude that I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed constitutional amendment," Dewinde said in the release.

Ian James of Freedom to Marry Ohio said the rejection was not surprising, citing previous rejections by Dewine in the past and said that the coalition will keep "moving forward."

"We are going to continue to circulate petitions to his desk," James said.

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