Ohio AG Mike DeWine defends allowing ballot petition on same-sex marriage…

State Attorney General Mike DeWine (who supported Rick Santorum) has urged the Ohio Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit against his office by opponents of same-sex marriage, arguing that the court has no jurisdiction in the hot-button dispute.

The Ohio Campaign to Protect Marriage sued last month, challenging DeWine’s approval of the wording on a ballot amendment proposed by Freedom to Marry Ohio.

In a response filed Friday, DeWine defended his action and argued that the court has no jurisdiction over what he called a pre-certification process — which the law says is exclusively the domain of the attorney general. DeWine said he certified a “fair and truthful statement of a proposed constitutional amendment.” He also noted that his opinion on the merits of the issue is irrelevant.

“The attorney general believes that marriage is between a man and a woman,” said spokeswoman Lisa Hackley, but was merely performing his statutory duty in verifying signatures certifying the amendment language

via DeWine defends allowing ballot petition on same-sex marriage | The Columbus Dispatch.

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