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State of Ohio November 2, 2004 Election
Issue 1
Proposed Constitutional Amendment
State of Ohio

Proposed by Initiative Petition - A majority yes vote is necessary for passage

3,329,250 / 61.71% Yes votes ...... 2,065,411 / 38.29% No votes

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Be it Resolved by the People of the State of Ohio:

That the Constitution of the State of Ohio be amended by adopting a section to be designated as Section 11 of Article XV thereof, to read as follows:

Article XV

Section 11. 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.

  Official Information

The Secretary of State certified Issue 1, the so-called marriage amendment, for the November ballot in order to meet Wednesday's deadline. At the same time, the Secretary's office acknowledged that legal challenges to the petitions continue in several counties and that the measure could ultimately be removed from the ballot if insufficient signatures are certified.
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LWVOhio Information on Issue 1
News and Analysis

Provisional Voting

Cincinnati Enquirer General Links

Ohioans protecting the constitution
Information on why voters should vote no on Issue 1.

Catholic Answers Special Report: Gay Marriage
Describes why the Catholic Church opposes gay marriage.

Issue 1
Explains how Issue 1 is overly broad and vague. Explains how things such as power of attorney given to a child may no longer be valid, along with joint property rights between siblings, etc.
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