Gay rights activists are trying to overturn Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The advocates have re-filed preliminary paperwork with the state attorney general and elections officials. If they give the green light, the activists would be free to launch a petition drive, aimed at collecting 386,000 signatures. That would put a new constitutional amendment proposal onto the ballot, allowing same-sex marriage here. In 2004, Ohio voters declared marriage is only between one man and one woman, but activists like former Democratic Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy cite public opinion polls showing a gradual shift away from that stand. She talked with statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen.
Kilroy figures the petition drive will collect enough petition signatures to put the idea onto the ballot next year.