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Wayne County Democratic Party endorses gay-marriage amendment

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: March 7, 2013

The Wayne County Democratic Party has endorsed an amendment to legalize gay marriage in Ohio.

"We support this amendment because a loving couple should have the freedom to marry regardless of gender," Betsy Sheets, the party's chairwoman, said in a news release. "The amendment also guarantees religious choice. It will be up to the religious institution to decide to perform or recognize a seam-gender marriage or not."

FreedomOhio, the group backing the amendment, is in the process of circulating petitions to get an amendment on the November ballot. The amendment, if adopted by voters, would overturn the 2004 ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio.

An economic impact study commissioned by FreedomOhio found same-gender marriages performed in Wayne County could generate $344,000 in the first three years after the amendment's approval, according to a FreedomOhio.

Three local mayors previously pledged their support for same sex marriage, signing the Mayors Freedom to Marry Resolution. They are: William Healy II of Canton, Sara Drew of Stow and Don Plusquellic of Akron.  

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