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Ohio’s Petro to endorse marriage initiate

Timothy Kincaid

July 5th, 2013

From the Columbus Dispatch

Republican Jim Petro, Ohio’s former attorney general and state auditor, is expected to endorse a 2014 Ohio ballot measure that would permit same-sex marriages in the state.

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Mark
July 6th, 2013 | LINK

It’s a little discouraging to see the Ohio organization is bound and determined to go forward in 2014, over the opposition of it seems every other equality group.

David
July 7th, 2013 | LINK

Mark, Do you mean the way that every other equality group initially opposed the Prop 8 case? Just because the equality groups “in power” don’t approve doesn’t, by itself, mean that it isn’t a good idea. I’m sure they will be doing some polling whilst attempting to get the signatures required for the ballot initiative to make sure it is a good idea.

Mark F.
July 7th, 2013 | LINK

OH will be a challenge to win, but not impossible. Remember Obama won the state in 2008 and 2012.

Hunter
July 8th, 2013 | LINK

Mark and David:

Sadly, it has become the default position of the national LGBT “leaders” to hang back because “the time’s not right.” I wonder if it’s occurred to any of them what it might do for their actual influence and effectiveness to get behind something like this and push.

I, at least, would think better of them if they showed some enthusiasm for the fights we have, rather than the fights they want us to have. (Lots of progress on ENDA, right?)

Mark
July 8th, 2013 | LINK

David: No, I mean the way national equality groups held back in North Carolina in 2012, and instead argued that resources should be focused on WA, ME, and MN. They correctly read the polls, and also understood there was no way we could win given the state’s demographics and given that the election was scheduled for the primary, when turnout would be lower and skew older.

Indeed Obama won the state in 2008 and 2012, and in the off-year 2010 election there was a Republican rout. Given the demographic challenges of Ohio as a whole (the electorate tilts old), and given the expense of the state, it would seem suicidal to go to the polls in 2014 rather than 2016, when the electorate will be younger, especially since a 2014 defeat would likely make a 2016 effort stillborn.

I also wonder from where the OH effort will raise the $20-$25M necessary to run a successful campaign if the group gets no national support and seems as unprofessional as it has thus far.

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