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Prominent Republican pushes to repeal Ohio's ban on same sex marriage

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO/CBS) -

There is a push to repeal Ohio's ban on same sex marriage, and it's coming from a surprising source.

Jim Petro, a prominent Republican and former Ohio Attorney General, announced Monday that he supports gay marriage, and he says he will actively campaign to repeal Ohio's ban on same sex marriage.

Petro put his signature on a petition supporting marriage equality and says he hopes other Republicans will join him.

"The party should recognize when people in marriage make a commitment to one another, even when they are of the same gender, commitment is good," said Petro.

Petro says he's been considering the issue since his daughter Corbin was legally married last year in Massachusetts. "I think marriage equality is worth advocating. I think it's good for Ohio, my view."

Ohio has banned same-sex marriage since 2004.

An organization called Freedom Ohio is working to gather signatures of registered Ohio voters to put the issue on the November 2014 ballot. 

The issue is already stirring debate, proof from two recent editorials on 19 Action News:

"If the issue of marriage comes before the voters again in 2014, opponents of natural marriage should be ready for a lively debate. Ohioans have already decided the issue of marriage and, if needed, will affirm it once again," said Diane Stover, President Northeast Ohio Values Voters.

"It is time to do the work so we may be proud of an Ohio that will not tolerate discrimination of any of her citizens...where everyone is protected equally because equality for all is a cornerstone of our democratic society," said Nickie Antonio, Ohio State Rep. (D-Lakewood).

Another prominent Republican, U.S. Senator Rob Portman also changed his position on same sex marriage after learning that his son is gay.

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