Ohio's high court dismisses gay marriage challenge

May 25, 2012

The state's highest court has dismissed a legal challenge to a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow gay marriage in the state.

Attorney General Mike DeWine had filed a motion in late April, arguing that the Ohio Supreme Court lacked jurisdiction over the legal challenge by opponents of the same sex marriage measure.
 
The Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage had claimed DeWine shouldn't have verified the proposed amendment's summary.
 
The Freedom to Marry coalition wants to repeal a 2004 state constitutional amendment that says Ohio only recognizes a marriage between a man and a woman. The group's proposal would replace that amendment with one that allows two consenting adults to enter into marriage regardless of their gender.
 
Supporters are collecting signatures for the issue to appear on 2013 ballots.