Ohio Constitution Section 15.11

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Section 15.11 is a provision in the Ohio Constitution that makes it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions.[1] Approved as a constitutional amendment in 2004 under the name of "Issue One", it received support from 61.7% of voters.[2]

The text of the amendment states:

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.[3]

The LGBT rights organization Equality Ohio was founded in response to the passage of Issue 1.[4]


Issue 1[5]
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 3,329,335 61.71
No 2,065,462 38.29
Total votes 5,394,797 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 8,427,696 64.01

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  1. ^ Official Ballot Language Archived 2006-06-22 at the Wayback Machine., Ohio Secretary of State. Accessed 21 December 2006.
  2. ^ CNN.com Election 2004 - Ballot Measures Accessed 30 November 2006.
  3. ^ Ohio Constitution, Article XV, section 11. Accessed 21 December 2006.
  4. ^ Glassman, Anthony (2005-03-11). "Out of Issue 1, a new statewide group is born". Gay People's Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  5. ^ a b "State Issue 1: November 2, 2004". Ohio Secretary of State.

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