State Issue 1: Argument in Support of


Vote YES on Issue 1 to preserve in Ohio law the universal, historic institution of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and to protect marriage against those who would alter and undermine it.


  • Issue 1 establishes in the Ohio Constitution the historic definition of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman as husband and wife.
  • Issue 1 excludes from the definition of marriage homosexual relationships and relationships of three or more persons.
  • Issue 1 prohibits judges in Ohio from anti-democratic efforts to redefine marriage, such as was done by a bare majority of the judges of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, which ordered that same-sex “marriage” be recognized in that state.
  • Issue 1 restricts governmental bodies in Ohio from using your tax dollars to give official status, recognition and benefits to homosexual and other deviant relationships that seek to imitate marriage.


  • Issue 1 does not interfere in any way with the individual choices of citizens as to the private relationships they desire to enter and maintain.
  • Issue 1 does not interfere in any way with government benefits granted to persons in non-marital homosexual relationships, so long as the government does not grant those benefits to such persons specifically for the reason that the relationship is one that seeks to imitate marriage.

The wisdom of the ages tells us that marriage between one man and one woman is critical to the well being of our children and to the maintenance of the fundamental social institution of the family. Please vote to preserve marriage on November 2, 2004.

Please Vote YES on Issue 1, the Marriage Protection Amendment.

Submitted by the Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage:

Rev. K.Z. Smith

Lori Viars

Phil Burress