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By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

COLUMBUS, Ohio, November 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – State Rep. Tyrone K. Yates, D-Cincinnati, introduced a resolution in the Ohio House this week to repeal part of a 2004 amendment to the state constitution that declared that only marriages between men and women can be recognized in Ohio.

Ohio's marriage amendment, Section 11, Article 15 of the Constitution, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, reads: “Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.”

The legislator wants Ohioans to vote on the May 4 ballot to abolish the state's ban on homosexual “marriage,” but the Columbus Dispatch reported yesterday that the chances for an actual vote in May are slim.

Voters approved the same-sex “marriage” ban by a 24-point margin five years ago. Getting the resolution on the ballot requires a three-fifths vote of each chamber.

“Even if every Democrat voted yes (an unlikely prospect itself), it would fall well short of the required votes,” the Dispatch reported.

Following the defeat of a similar motion in Maine last week, same-sex “marriage” has now lost in all 31 states in which the question has been put to a popular vote.

Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), pointed out: “Every time Americans vote on marriage, traditional marriage wins. As people become aware of the true homosexual agenda, that it is not about equality but indoctrinating children and discriminating against Christians, they shore up protections against it.”

David Miller, vice president for public policy with Citizens for Community Values, the group that led the petition drive to place the issue on the statewide ballot in 2004, said Ohioans spoke clearly in that vote.

“So it's curious that Representative Yates or any Ohio legislator would want to put such a popular issue before the voters again,” Miller told the Cincinnati Enquirer.