Washington: Ohioans have switched sides on the same-sex marriage debate, nine years after banning gay and lesbian nuptials, a new poll has found.
The Saperstein Poll found that 54 percent of Ohioans now support a new amendment, which would repeal the state’s 2004 measure banning gay marriage and “allow two consenting adults to marry, regardless of their gender,” the Columbus Dispatch reported.
The poll found that only 40 percent opposed the new proposal, which would allow religious institutions freedom to choose whether they’ll marry certain couples and protect them should they refuse to perform the marriages, Politico reports.
The state’s ‘coming out’ in support of same-sex marriage follows news that one of the Buckeye State’s senators also had a change of heart.
Republican Senator Rob Portman, who co-sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act, changed his views after learning that one of his sons is gay.
These shifts come just days before Supreme Court justices will discuss the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in the state.
On Wednesday they will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, which considers a similar issue on a federal level.