CLEVELAND -- "Why Marriage Matters Ohio," a marriage equality education campaign supporting the right for any loving, committed Ohio couple to marry, was launched Monday.
The launch announcements were held in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus simultaneously.
The launch introduced the campaign and its founders: Equality Ohio Education Fund, Freedom to Marry, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Ohio. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke at the Cleveland launch.
A recent poll of voters in Ohio done by the Public Religion Research Institute shows support for marriage equality in a dead heat at 47 percent on both sides. Why Marriage Matters Ohio was created to bring marriage equality to the forefront.
"All Americans should able to marry the person they love, and they should be able celebrate that love in Ohio. Full rights should not vary by geographical lines. Why Marriage Matters Ohio will bring this issue of equal rights to the forefront," Brown said.
"Marriage matters," said Elyzabeth Holford, executive director of Equality Ohio Education Fund, speaking in Columbus today.
"There are couples in Ohio living in legal limbo. It's time to change that. Why Marriage Matters Ohio is part of our roadmap to fairness and dignity for all Ohioans."
Evan Wolfson, founder and president of Freedom to Marry noted, "Why Marriage Matters Ohio aims to encourage neighbor-to-neighbor conversations across the state, inviting people to talk about their own individual journeys toward support of the freedom to marry and their values of respect for commitment and treating others as we'd all want to be treated. Personal stories are the best conversation starter -- and conversation is the best way to help people understand that all loving and committed couples in Ohio, gay and non-gay alike, should be able to share in the freedom to marry and the security and meaning marriage brings."