the issue of marriage equality is considered in two separate cases in the U.S.
Supreme Court this week, the battle over a proposed state amendment is brewing
family, our friends, they recognize our marriage," Ian James said. "We only
want our government to do the same."
James is the CEO of a political consultancy that specializes in grassroots
ballot campaigns which have helped to garner over 3.5 million signatures in
Ohio for multiple initiatives.
says he worked directly on the SB5 issue as well as the casino initiative, but
he says this effort is personal and thus far he has been volunteering his
and his husband were married in 2004 in Toronto.
actually left the country that we love so that we could be married," James told
many Americans, James is keeping a close eye on the Supreme Court.
matter how they rule this is going to create a lot more energy for the
movement," James told FOX19.
says before Senator Rob Portman made his announcement, they had 20 new
volunteers signing up daily. After his announcement and the Supreme Court cases
making headlines, that number has jumped to an average of over 50.
issue with Rob Portman has not changed anything," Phil Burress of Citizens for
Community Values argued. "In fact if it says it's energized them, he has no
idea how much it's energized our side."
helped get the ban on gay marriage passed in Ohio in 2004. He has already been
preparing for a ballot box battle.
knew that they were collecting signatures last summer so we've been preparing
for it ever since then," he told FOX19.
does not believe the Supreme Court decision will have any impact on the buckeye
public relations that comes out of that is going to be played up big but it's
not going to affect Ohio at all," he argued.
is also not putting much stock in polls showing increasing numbers of Ohioans
support gay marriage rights.
real poll is when people go to the polls and vote," Burress maintained. "I know
the people of Ohio, and I know they are for the marriage between one man and one
the FreedomOhio movement is an all-volunteer effort. James says they need
385,245 valid signatures to get the amendment on the ballot.
says they are waiting to determine if they have the resources need, including
the financial resources to pursue the issue on the November ballot. They plan
to start hiring field organizers sometime next month.
has until the beginning of July to get the signatures they need to put the
amendment on the ballot in November. James says there is a high probability it
will be placed on the ballot this year, but if not they will have the amendment
in front of voters in 2014.
says they plan to ask Senator Rob Portman if he would take on a role in the
Freedom Ohio Campaign.
and other religious institutions do not have to perform or recognize
same-gender marriages under the proposed amendment.
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