Justice: Gay Marriage Shouldn’t Be In Constitution

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A state Supreme Court justice says language on gay marriage, pro or con, doesn't belong in the Ohio Constitution, but he'd like to see that and the legal rights of same-sex couples addressed by the Legislature.

Justice Paul Pfeifer told a panel studying constitutional updates Thursday that Ohioans should repeal the state's 2004 constitutional ban on gay marriage and leave the issue to state lawmakers to decide.

In a separate interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Pfeifer disclosed that he has a daughter who's lesbian and that she and her partner have two children.

He said he's neutral on gay marriage but believes Ohio law should be changed to spell out the legal rights for same-sex couples, their children and their extended families in light of Ohio's gay-marriage prohibition.