COLUMBUS, February 4, 2004 ( – Final approval of the Ohio bill banning homosexual marriage and benefits came yesterday. The bill passed narrowly in the Senate but received overwhelming support from the House.

The Massachusetts Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage sparked the debate, and prompted the Ohio Senate to draft the Defense of Marriage Act. Governor Bob Taft is expected to sign the bill into law.  Supporters of the bill argue that the measure reflects the will of the people, as revealed through polls which indicate that most people want to retain a traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

The ban on domestic partner benefits, which applies to homosexual and unmarried heterosexual couples, makes the law the strongest of same-sex ‘marriage’ bans passed in 38 states.

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