Former Ohio GOP Attorney General Jim Petro Backs 2014 Gay Marriage Ban Repeal Effort
Ohio’s former GOP attorney general Jim Petro is expected to endorse a 2014 ballot effort to repeal Ohio’s 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between one man and one woman on Monday.
Petro told The Columbus Dispatch that he had a change of heart on the issue after his daughter, Corbin, married her wife last year in Massachusetts.
In 20o6 Petro chose anti-gay Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich as a running mate. Heimlich, of Cincinnati, is affiliated with Ohio’s Citizens for Community Values run by anti-gay activist Phil Buress. The CCV is alo in partnership with the nationally recognized hate groups the Family Research Council and the American Family Association
Burress and his group are responsible for nearly every anti-LGBT action in Ohio for over a decade, including Cincinnati’s Article 12, the Ohio marriage ban amendment passed last fall as Issue 1, and the “defense of marriage” act that preceded it. They have inserted themselves into numerous legal matters around the state adversely affecting LGBT families
Petro is the latest unlikely GOP ally to join the push marriage equality and LGBT civil rights in Ohio joining Senator Rob Portman, who changed his position on marriage equality because of his openly gay son Will .
FreedomOhio co-founder Ian James said that the organization is mobilizing to put the question on next year’s ballot despite Equality Ohio’s and Freedom to Marry’s recent meeting which ignored the grassroots organizations who have worked so hard in Ohio and want to wait until 2016 or later.