News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

The Holden Arboretum

Hennes Paynter Communications

NOCHE


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Ohio


Same-sex marriage advocates debate whether they have time and money
Two sides both support changing Ohio's gay-marriage ban, but divide over the question of just when
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 
T-shirts pushing same-sex marriage in Ohio.
Courtesy of freedomohio.org
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The debate rages on over legalized same-sex marriage – between two groups that both adamantly support the idea. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler sat down with the leaders of those groups for their first joint interview, and found it’s not about whether they support the issue – it’s about whether voters will next year.

LISTEN: Kasler and the split among same-sex marriage advocates

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:17)


If a same-sex marriage amendment is on the ballot next year, it will be there on the 10-year anniversary of the approval of an amendment that defined marriage in Ohio as between only one man and one woman.

Ian James heads FreedomOhio, which had pushed the amendment this year and now for the 2014 ballot. He says polling trends show a move toward support and many activists are tired of waiting. 
“For a lot of folks, it’s a matter of ‘We’ve got to do (it).’ We’ve got to put this together. There’s a fierce urgency of now.”

Timing is everything
But the state’s leading LGBT-rights group, Equality Ohio, is much more cautious about the timing – and about its support of an issue next year.

Executive Director Elyzabeth Holford says activists will get “one shot at this.” She says winning a same-sex marriage campaign takes polls showing 51percent support, a strategy to turn out supporters and to combat opponents, and lots of planning. And Holford says organizations can’t be pressured into supporting a campaign when it doesn’t appear to be a winner, especially with the hopes of same-sex couples in Ohio and the expectations of people around the nation on the line. 

“I was sort of vilified in the press for a while because I wouldn’t sign on to (a) 2013 (campaign). Well, 2013 was unrealistic. It was an arbitrary date to set. I’m not saying 2014 is arbitrary – there’s potential for 2014. But we need to not just do our homework, but have our boots on the ground.” 

And money is everything else
The other thing any winning campaign needs is money. James says there’s plenty of time to raise the many millions it will take to win. 

“People are running for governor right now, and they’re going to be running for the next 16 months and have the time to raise that kind of money. And we have that time to raise money as well.”

Holford says $9 million was spent on a losing same-sex marriage campaign in Maine – a state with a tenth of the population of Ohio. 
“If you take that cost-per-person in that population, that’s $6.69 per person,” she told James, who counters,  “That’s not the way you buy TV in Ohio.” 

Holdford acknowledges the parallels aren’t perfect, “but I’m just saying it’s a good example of what was spent in a state with a population of that size.”

As for whether Equality Ohio will campaign for the amendment if it’s actually on the ballot next year – Holford talks about the necessity to achieve and hold a 51 percent support rate in polls, “so we know that we can achieve that and hold that.” 

James was singled out by national gay-rights activists last month as being an outlier and pursuing this campaign for selfish interests.

James says he and his husband have given $450,000 to the campaign and are its largest donors – and simply want their union and others to be recognized by the state. 

 

Listener Comments:

I am a volunteer with Freedom To Marry and we are out collecting signatures all the time. If you want something to be done you take action and that is what we are doing. I suggest that people get active and stop causing dissension among our community because that is only helping the bigots who will be working against us.


Posted by: Shannon Glatz (Akron, Ohio) on July 21, 2013 10:07AM
"But we need to not just do our homework, but have our boots on the ground.” ~ Elyzabeth Holford, Executive Director Equality Ohio

Freedom Ohio's boots have been on the ground for over a year now. Think about what we could accomplish together, if Equality Ohio would put on their boots.


Posted by: Liberty Manos (Akron, Ohio) on July 21, 2013 1:07AM
Doesn't it make sense for Equality Ohio to join Freedom Ohio's efforts? Can we not work in tandem to reach out to fellow Ohioans, collect signatures, to raise awareness and the necessary funds to pass this initiative? Think of what these two organizations could do together, as a team! Equality Ohio has been invited to join this campaign. Perhaps EO declined because this is the task they were created to do after the 2004 marriage ban was implemented in Ohio. Maybe it's difficult to watch newer organization step up and do the work that they have been unwilling or unable to do in the past nine years?


Posted by: Liberty Manos (Akron, Ohio) on July 21, 2013 1:07AM
Going another year means that many more young voters and that many more old voters who have died off. The realities of life.


Posted by: Dr. Steve Cochran (Bath, OH) on July 20, 2013 6:07AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Three exonerated of murder convictions from 18 years ago
Thanks heavens that none of them have been condemned to death. This alons should convince the USA to join the civilized world by abolishing the death penalty. E...

Kombucha: a sweet business brewed with fermented tea
Stevia is not an artificial sweetener. It is a plant. I have one growing in my sunroom. The leaves are dried and added to teas. It's harvested commercially and...

Bringing back ballet in Cleveland
I do think Ballet in Cleveland is doing good things, but the fact that director says "When we have flourishing companies like the New York City Ballet and the A...

Report confirms some Vietnam veterans may have been exposed to Agent Orange
was in nam 1969 exposed va stated lost medical records was in lawsuit from 197? till settled 0 $ 2010 ? said all nam vets will get back disability till 198? jus...

Mentorship grant program redefines "faith-based" provision
Can't anyone have values, beliefs, and morals anymore? How is it anymore unconstitutional for a school partner with a "faith-based" organization than any other ...

Exploradio: The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
Thank you, Jeff, for another well done Exploradio. I always learn something interesting about what is happening in NE Ohio.

Northeast Ohio's transgender community rallies around restroom issue
A good first step would be for Cleveland to require restaurants to have a public restroom. Cleveland is the only city I've ever been in where restaurants somet...

Vapor shops say tobacco tax hikes could hit them hard
Maybe you should be DOING a study, since every time you've tried to villianize them all that's happened was the opposite. I'm not a fan of alcohol that's flavor...

New law gives access to birth records to Ohio adoptees
Can siblings also look for their missing brother or sister? And how do we go about it?

Ida McKinley's tiara comes home, with the help of "Pawn Stars"
I donated to the fund to keep the tiara at the museum where I believe it belongs. I took my 16 year old granddaughter to the showing I dont think it will be som...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University