Among the group requesting signatures for the Freedom to Marry amendment last Friday in Ottawa were James Winnett, Columbus; Amy Holland, Bowling Green; Gwen Andrix, Bowling Green; and Jason Ritter, Ottawa. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
OTTAWA - Holding a multi-colored flag, several people gathered in front of the Putnam County Courthouse on Friday to collect names on a petition. The group was soliciting support for a Freedom To Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment to be placed on the November 2014 ballot.
According to Gwen Andrix, Bowling Green, the proposed amendment would repeal and replace Section 11, Article XV of the Constitution.
The proposed amendment would:
1)Allow two consenting adults freedom to enter into a marriage regardless of gender:
2)Give religious institutions freedom to determine whom to marry:
3)Give religious institutions protection to refuse to perform a marriage.
Andrix indicated they are receiving a good response from all over the state.
"It's a non-partison issue," she said.
Members of the group were in Putnam County collecting names for the petition for five hours. During that time they collected 50 names on the petition.
"We received a lot of positive comments while we were in Ottawa," Andrix said.
Among politicians supporting the amendment are U.S. Senator Rob Portman and former Ohio Attorney General and State Auditor Jim Petro.