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Governor Kasich Says He Still Supports Ohio's Gay Marriage Ban

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Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says he continues to support the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, even as similar prohibitions are being struck down by the courts. In an interview earlier this week, Kasich said he supports the 2004 amendment defining marriage as only between one man and one woman, even though recent court rulings mean 60 percent of Americans live in a state that does or will recognize same-sex marriage.

Recent court cases in Ohio have focused on whether the state will recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Kasich said though he believes in what he calls traditional marriage, he’s not sure what the future of Ohio's ban will be.

"That’s so far down the road, and I got enough to do without having to run around trying to figure out how I’m going to fight ballot issues," said Kasich. "Let me try to keep Ohio working.”

Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine says he’ll continue to fight for the ban, both because it’s the law and because he supports it. But most Democrats and some well-known Republicans, including US Sen. Rob Portman, have come out in support of marriage equality.