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COLUMBUS, September 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new poll out of Ohio, the political bellwether of the nation, represents a setback for those claiming same-sex “marriage” is “inevitable.”

A majority of Ohioans oppose amending the state constitution to allow gay “marriages” – and those who oppose the measure have far greater voter intensity than those who support it.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a marriage protection amendment to the state constitution in 2004. The homosexual activist group FreedomOhio is trying to place a repeal of that amendment on the state ballot in 2014.

The Public Religion Research Institute found that 51 percent of Ohioans would vote against a constitutional amendment to redefine marriage in the Buckeye State, while 45 percent would vote yes.

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Pro-family voters enjoy another advantage: Voters who identify as Republicans or Tea Party members are nearly twice as likely to consider opposing same-sex nuptials a “critical issue” than those who support it, according to PRRI.

Religion proved decisive in formulating one's stand.

While 70 percent of those who described themselves as “religiously unaffiliated” support gay “marriage,” slim majorities of black Protestants (53 percent), Catholics (51 percent), and white mainline Protestants (50 percent) would vote to affirm traditional marriage.

Three-quarters of that state's white evangelicals oppose marriage redefinition.

“There is no major religious group in which a majority of voters support amending Ohio’s constitution,” PRRI reported.

Nearly half of those polled said the issue is not critical to them. Instead, Ohio voters say unemployment (68 percent) and the cost of health care (66 percent) are the most important challenges facing the state.

More than two-thirds of jobs created during the Obama administration have gone to immigrants, legal and illegal.

Ohio health insurance premiums will increase 41 percent next year due to the implementation of ObamaCare, according to state Insurance Commissioner Mary Taylor.

The poll may have been an attempt to measure public support for FreedomOhio's efforts.

The National Organization for Marriage notes that, “While the Public Religion Research Institute describes itself as nonpartisan, the poll was funded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, which actually promotes same-sex marriage advocacy.”

Former state Attorney General Jim Petro, a Republican, has said he supports the petition drive to redefine marriage.

GOP delegates selected Matt Borges, who has a history of working for homosexual activist groups, as chairman of the Ohio Republican Party in April.

According to PRRI, 69 percent of Ohio Republicans oppose same-sex “marriage.”

Ohio's Republican U.S. Senator, Rob Portman, endorsed same-sex “marriage” earlier this year, citing his son's announcement that he is gay, and last month wrote that he supports gay adoption. His marriage announcement came shortly after a dozen meetings with socially liberal GOP donors in New York concerned over the party's opposition to redefining marriage.

Ohio's conservatives and pro-life activists promise Portman's stand will splinter the Republican Party and cost him votes if he seeks re-election in 2016.

The poll is not all good news for marriage supporters. Most Ohioans would support allowing homosexuals to enter into civil unions, according to PRRI.

The poll also found Ohioans evenly divided on abortion, with 47 percent saying they favor allowing abortion in all or most cases, and 45 percent saying they oppose abortion in all or most cases.

PRRI, which is based in Washington, D.C., released the survey of more than 1,000 adults on Wednesday. 

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