HB272 or DOMA destroys marriage in the state of Ohio. If DOMA stays in action, Ohio will run the risk of not allowing all citizens to be equal under marriage laws. Ohio should be out for the protection of all of its citizens equally under law. Immediate action by the Ohio General Assembly is essential to remove the discrimination that has been placed upon the Ohio citizens!
DOMAs assert in the state of Ohio should not be regulating private relationships between individuals. But to extend the benefits of marriage to any committed relationship. Marriage was created as a unique relationship that was for those involved shall it be husband and husband, wife and wife, husband and wife. A marriage is a stable relationship that allows a healthier, safer and better off financially than unmarried couples. The public has an interest in stable families. But never defined what a family shall be just a man and a woman.
We, as a nation, are at a unique moment in history where we can rethink the role of marriage. Marriage as we understand it as a religious expression that two people in a committed partnership enjoy in relation to the laws of a society. The same laws ought to apply to all citizens equally in Ohio. The state cannot and ought not to dictate the disciplines and doctrines of a particular faith community. Thus, religious communities ought to remain free to marry or not to marry whomever that community chooses. At the same time, any individual who offers goods and services to the general public ought to be prohibited from discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation. Marriage is no longer primarily an economic contract to help people meet their basic needs, but now marriage is a loving commitment to help people live a fulfilling life. It is no longer only about sustenance of life, but it is also about the joy of life.
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." This statement was made by Thomas Jefferson in the declaration of independence. Ohio has started to remove the natural rights of its citizens by not following the words of Thomas Jefferson. By not allowing every citizen the chance to fulfill their own "pursuit of Happiness." The pursuit of happiness is simply one's god given right to commit actions that allow a person to pursue happiness, so long as that pursuit does not deliberately involve interfering directly or indirectly with others happiness. A marriage is the pursuit of happiness between two consenting adults. Only effecting the two individuals involved in the marriage. So if the two involved in the marriage are happy the state ought not and shall not step into interfere with the individuals pursuing their happiness.
This petition is set to repeal HB272 and its provisions such as:
1. Sec. 3101.01(A) amendment: "A marriage may only be entered into by one man and one woman." This language would be added to age requirements and restrictions on marrying a close relative.
2. Sec. 3101.01(C)(1): "Any marriage between persons of the same sex is against the strong public policy of this state. Any marriage between persons of the same sex shall have no legal force or effect in this state…"
3. Sec. 3101.01(C)(2): "Any marriage entered into by persons of the same sex in any other jurisdiction shall be considered and treated in all respects as having no legal force or effect in this state and shall not be recognized by this state."
4. Sec. 3101.01(C)(3): This section prohibits the specific statutory benefits of legal marriage to no marital relationships. However, it states, "Nothing in division (C)(3) of this section prohibits the extension of specific benefits otherwise enjoyed by all persons, married or unmarried to no marital relationships."