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Allow two consenting adults freedom to enter into a marriage regardless of gender Give religious institutions freedom to determine whom to marry Give religious institutions protection to refuse to perform a marriage

FreedomOhio Needs Your Support! Give for Freedom Today at FreedomOhio.com To give for Freedom, scan this QR Code with your smartphone. Please make checks payable to FreedomOhio PAC. Checks may be sent to Sarah McHenry at FreedomOhio PAC, 1349 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205 FreedomOhio, Inc. and FreedomOhio, PAC are not for profit entities. 100% of all donations go to winning marriage equality in Ohio. Donations are not tax deductible. Ohio law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $100 per election cycle. Campaign finance laws allow FreedomOhio PAC to accept contributions from individual and corporate donors. There are no limits on corporate contributions. Paid for by FreedomOhio PAC, Mark McGinnis, Treasurer, 545 East Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215

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WHO WE ARE

The Freedom to Marry Ohio movement is necessary security for LGBT families. dedicated to freedom and ending marriage discrimination in Ohio as soon as November With over 3,500 active volunteers in all 88 2014. In the last 10 years, we’ve seen support counties across Ohio, FreedomOhio is well on for marriage equality take a 36% swing in its the way to collecting the 385,245 valid favor, nationwide. This year alone saw a signatures needed to secure ballot placement cascade of state legislative in 2014. After the Freedom to MARRIAGE EQUALITY victories to turn marriage equality Marry Amendment is officially on WINS IN NOVEMBER 2012 into law. But while other states the ballot, we will run a cuttinghave made advances, only two edge campaign to successfully MAINE 53%-47% pathways exist to repeal the adopt the Amendment statewide. MARYLAND 52%-48% 2004 Ohio Marriage Ban: years With polls showing voter support MINNESOTA 52%-48% of uncertain court challenges or a in Ohio reaching as high as 54%, WASHINGTON 52%-48% citizen-initiated petition. the question for Marriage Equality isn’t “if” but “when.” That’s where we come in. FreedomOhio is And along with the right data-driven research, working to give every person in every family the messaging and sufficient fundraising to run a same right to life, liberty and happiness. Our positive, inclusive, state-of-the-art strategic petition process is underway to allow Ohioans campaign across Ohio, the “when” will be to repeal and replace the discriminatory November 2014. But we need your help. With constitutional Amendment banning the your support, we can win equality for all freedom to marry and, by doing so, provide Ohioans. 2

CAMPAIGN GUIDE: FREEDOM TO MARRY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

THE AMEN DMENT

Ohioans are collecting signatures to ask your help in amending Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in order to allow two consenting adults the right to marry while still keeping freedom in the hands of churches and religious institutions so they always have the final say in who they marry. The Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment seeks to replace Article XV, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution to read: “In the State of Ohio and its political subdivisions, marriage shall be a union of two consenting adults not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife living, and no religious institution shall be required to perform or recognize a marriage.” The inclusion of the last 13 words of the amendment, which is known as the “Respect and Protect Religious Freedom Clause,”

PROTECT FREEDOM. SUPPORT EQUALITY. Allow two consenting adults freedom to enter into a marriage regardless of gender Give religious institutions freedom to determine whom to marry Give religious institutions protection to refuse to perform a marriage

provides greater opportunities to having conversations with more Ohioans. US Senator Portman has often utilized this language when discussing his support for the Freedom to Marry. It’s a win-win that protects freedom and supports equality.

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WHO WE ARE

The Freedom to Marry Ohio movement is necessary security for LGBT families. dedicated to freedom and ending marriage discrimination in Ohio as soon as November With over 3,500 active volunteers in all 88 2014. In the last 10 years, we’ve seen support counties across Ohio, FreedomOhio is well on for marriage equality take a 36% swing in its the way to collecting the 385,245 valid favor, nationwide. This year alone saw a signatures needed to secure ballot placement cascade of state legislative in 2014. After the Freedom to MARRIAGE EQUALITY victories to turn marriage equality Marry Amendment is officially on WINS IN NOVEMBER 2012 into law. But while other states the ballot, we will run a cuttinghave made advances, only two edge campaign to successfully MAINE 53%-47% pathways exist to repeal the adopt the Amendment statewide. MARYLAND 52%-48% 2004 Ohio Marriage Ban: years With polls showing voter support MINNESOTA 52%-48% of uncertain court challenges or a in Ohio reaching as high as 54%, WASHINGTON 52%-48% citizen-initiated petition. the question for Marriage Equality isn’t “if” but “when.” That’s where we come in. FreedomOhio is And along with the right data-driven research, working to give every person in every family the messaging and sufficient fundraising to run a same right to life, liberty and happiness. Our positive, inclusive, state-of-the-art strategic petition process is underway to allow Ohioans campaign across Ohio, the “when” will be to repeal and replace the discriminatory November 2014. But we need your help. With constitutional Amendment banning the your support, we can win equality for all freedom to marry and, by doing so, provide Ohioans. 2

CAMPAIGN GUIDE: FREEDOM TO MARRY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

THE AMEN DMENT

Ohioans are collecting signatures to ask your help in amending Ohio’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in order to allow two consenting adults the right to marry while still keeping freedom in the hands of churches and religious institutions so they always have the final say in who they marry. The Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amendment seeks to replace Article XV, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution to read: “In the State of Ohio and its political subdivisions, marriage shall be a union of two consenting adults not nearer of kin than second cousins, and not having a husband or wife living, and no religious institution shall be required to perform or recognize a marriage.” The inclusion of the last 13 words of the amendment, which is known as the “Respect and Protect Religious Freedom Clause,”

PROTECT FREEDOM. SUPPORT EQUALITY. Allow two consenting adults freedom to enter into a marriage regardless of gender Give religious institutions freedom to determine whom to marry Give religious institutions protection to refuse to perform a marriage

provides greater opportunities to having conversations with more Ohioans. US Senator Portman has often utilized this language when discussing his support for the Freedom to Marry. It’s a win-win that protects freedom and supports equality.

FreedomOhio.com

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GROWING SUPPORT FO R EQ UALITY SUPREME COURT RULINGS: A GAME CHANGER FOR OHIO In the last year alone, two public polls show a majority of Ohioans support marriage equality. The Saperstein Poll commissioned by The Columbus Dispatch and published in March 2013 of 1,003 Ohio adults shows a solid 54% in support of Ohio’s Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amend-ment and only 40% oppose the initiative. Such a high level of support is influenced by the fact that the Amendment respects and protects religious freedom. And it is important to note that the Dispatch poll was conducted prior to U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s announcement of support. Additionally, pollsters believe the Amend-ment’s support is even higher, citing the fact that registered voters pay greater attention to ballot issues. Similarly, The Wash-ington Post poll of 1,101 Ohio voters published in October 2012 indicates that 52% support and 37% oppose allowing same gender couples the 4

freedom to marry. Equally as encouraging is the fact that 36% strongly support marriage equality while only 30% strongly oppose it. For the first time, the intensity of support is outpacing that of opponents. For the first time in history, Public Policy Polling found in an August 19, 2013 survey that a strong majority of voters favor samesex marriage with 48% supporting 42% opposing and 10% undecided. Among voters 18 to 45, a resounding 65% supported marriage equality.

1,003 Ohio adults survey conducted 3/5/13 - 3/10/13. Margin of error 3.1%. “Refused” omitted.

The June Supreme Court decisions striking down Proposition 8 in California and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) show that the tide is turning in the fight for marriage equality on a national level. Now that DOMA’s key provisions have been overturned, Ohio same-sex couples who are legally married outside of the state are eligible to receive some federal benefits previously granted only to opposite gender married couples, making it increasingly difficult to deny the freedom to marry to same sex couples.

“...the justices by a 5-4 vote struck down the 1996 federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.” 6/27/13

“...a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.” 6/27/13

“SUPREME COURT DECISIONS MEAN SAME SEX MARRIAGE WILL SOON BE LEGAL IN OHIO” 6/27/13

1,101 Ohio voters survey conducted 9/19/12 - 9/23/12. Margin of error 4.5%.

Ohio voters survey conducted 8/19/13. Ages 18-45.

CAMPAIGN GUIDE: FREEDOM TO MARRY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

The Court’s decisions have energized and mobilized base marriage equality supporters which will lead to greater turnout in 2014. Additional Court actions have led to greater dialogue of why marriage matters, and put into greater focus the reasons why Ohioans can and should repeal and replace Ohio’s marriage ban.

“The decision likely will energize opponents of the 2004 ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio.” 6/27/13

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GROWING SUPPORT FO R EQ UALITY SUPREME COURT RULINGS: A GAME CHANGER FOR OHIO In the last year alone, two public polls show a majority of Ohioans support marriage equality. The Saperstein Poll commissioned by The Columbus Dispatch and published in March 2013 of 1,003 Ohio adults shows a solid 54% in support of Ohio’s Freedom to Marry and Religious Freedom Amend-ment and only 40% oppose the initiative. Such a high level of support is influenced by the fact that the Amendment respects and protects religious freedom. And it is important to note that the Dispatch poll was conducted prior to U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s announcement of support. Additionally, pollsters believe the Amend-ment’s support is even higher, citing the fact that registered voters pay greater attention to ballot issues. Similarly, The Wash-ington Post poll of 1,101 Ohio voters published in October 2012 indicates that 52% support and 37% oppose allowing same gender couples the 4

freedom to marry. Equally as encouraging is the fact that 36% strongly support marriage equality while only 30% strongly oppose it. For the first time, the intensity of support is outpacing that of opponents. For the first time in history, Public Policy Polling found in an August 19, 2013 survey that a strong majority of voters favor samesex marriage with 48% supporting 42% opposing and 10% undecided. Among voters 18 to 45, a resounding 65% supported marriage equality.

1,003 Ohio adults survey conducted 3/5/13 - 3/10/13. Margin of error 3.1%. “Refused” omitted.

The June Supreme Court decisions striking down Proposition 8 in California and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) show that the tide is turning in the fight for marriage equality on a national level. Now that DOMA’s key provisions have been overturned, Ohio same-sex couples who are legally married outside of the state are eligible to receive some federal benefits previously granted only to opposite gender married couples, making it increasingly difficult to deny the freedom to marry to same sex couples.

“...the justices by a 5-4 vote struck down the 1996 federal law known as the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.” 6/27/13

“...a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage.” 6/27/13

“SUPREME COURT DECISIONS MEAN SAME SEX MARRIAGE WILL SOON BE LEGAL IN OHIO” 6/27/13

1,101 Ohio voters survey conducted 9/19/12 - 9/23/12. Margin of error 4.5%.

Ohio voters survey conducted 8/19/13. Ages 18-45.

CAMPAIGN GUIDE: FREEDOM TO MARRY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

The Court’s decisions have energized and mobilized base marriage equality supporters which will lead to greater turnout in 2014. Additional Court actions have led to greater dialogue of why marriage matters, and put into greater focus the reasons why Ohioans can and should repeal and replace Ohio’s marriage ban.

“The decision likely will energize opponents of the 2004 ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio.” 6/27/13

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PATH TO VICTORY

Our Path to Victory in Ohio Is Straightforward: ■

Collect the 385,245 valid signatures required to gain ballot placement.

Firm up Democratic and Independent voter support and turn these voters out.

Identify and deliver GOP persuasion messages to build greater support for marriage equality.

BUDGET THROUGH BALLOT PLACEMENT

4 Strong Early Vote Program. Engage all petition signers and identified supportive

voters in a Vote-By-Mail program to “bank” votes prior to Election Day. 5 Aggressive Paid Media Program. FreedomOhio will utilize broadcast and cable TV

as well as radio advertisements throughout Ohio’s 12 media markets. Supplemental, targeted online advertisement will also ensure multi-platform communication to voters across Ohio.

The Next Major Investments for The Campaign: FreedomOhio Has a Five-Pronged Strategy to ensure that the identification

Hire four field organizers in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

Conduct benchmark polling and focus groups to hone and drive home the winning messages for the campaign.

Fund a major data acquisition program to expand our reach and attract more low-dollar donors.

and mobilization of voters is achieved to repeal and replace Ohio’s marriage ban: 1 Polling and Focus Groups. With the trend lines suggesting growing support for Ohio’s

Marriage Equality effort, FreedomOhio will utilize polling and focus groups to test a variety of messages and concepts to learn what Ohio voters believe and are willing to believe. 2 Robust Volunteer Field Program. All petition signers’ information is entered into

FreedomOhio’s state voter file for future communications, while more than 3,567 volunteers implement an 88-county strategy of identifying voter support. Data is collected via petition and through field canvasses using a Mobile App and/or printed survey. Support levels, concerns and comments are appended to the voter file. 3 Vigorous Earned Media Program. FreedomOhio has received hundreds of earned

media hits in the last six months from the national MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Mathews, New York Times and Huffington Post to in-state news outlets including the Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Toledo Blade, Youngstown Vindicator and many more local TV stations, radio shows and newspapers across Ohio.

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CAMPAIGN GUIDE: FREEDOM TO MARRY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BRING MARRIAGE EQUALITY TO OHIO Please Contribute $500, $1,000 or Even $5,000. The Most Important Thing You Can Do is Join The Effort Today. The next three months of the campaign are crucial. With your investment and support, we can make marriage equality the law of the land in Ohio. Will you consider pledging your support today? To make a donation and pledge your support, please visit us online at FreedomOhio.com, call us at 614-246-3807 or email Sarah@FreedomOhio.com. Campaign finance laws allow FreedomOhio PAC to accept contributions from individual and corporate donors. There are no limits on corporate contributions.

FreedomOhio.com

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To give for Freedom, scan this QR Code with your smartphone.

PATH TO VICTORY

Our Path to Victory in Ohio Is Straightforward: ■

Collect the 385,245 valid signatures required to gain ballot placement.

Firm up Democratic and Independent voter support and turn these voters out.

Identify and deliver GOP persuasion messages to build greater support for marriage equality.

BUDGET THROUGH BALLOT PLACEMENT

4 Strong Early Vote Program. Engage all petition signers and identified supportive

voters in a Vote-By-Mail program to “bank” votes prior to Election Day. 5 Aggressive Paid Media Program. FreedomOhio will utilize broadcast and cable TV

as well as radio advertisements throughout Ohio’s 12 media markets. Supplemental, targeted online advertisement will also ensure multi-platform communication to voters across Ohio.

The Next Major Investments for The Campaign: FreedomOhio Has a Five-Pronged Strategy to ensure that the identification

Hire four field organizers in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.

Conduct benchmark polling and focus groups to hone and drive home the winning messages for the campaign.

Fund a major data acquisition program to expand our reach and attract more low-dollar donors.

and mobilization of voters is achieved to repeal and replace Ohio’s marriage ban: 1 Polling and Focus Groups. With the trend lines suggesting growing support for Ohio’s

Marriage Equality effort, FreedomOhio will utilize polling and focus groups to test a variety of messages and concepts to learn what Ohio voters believe and are willing to believe. 2 Robust Volunteer Field Program. All petition signers’ information is entered into

FreedomOhio’s state voter file for future communications, while more than 3,567 volunteers implement an 88-county strategy of identifying voter support. Data is collected via petition and through field canvasses using a Mobile App and/or printed survey. Support levels, concerns and comments are appended to the voter file. 3 Vigorous Earned Media Program. FreedomOhio has received hundreds of earned

media hits in the last six months from the national MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Mathews, New York Times and Huffington Post to in-state news outlets including the Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News, Toledo Blade, Youngstown Vindicator and many more local TV stations, radio shows and newspapers across Ohio.

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CAMPAIGN GUIDE: FREEDOM TO MARRY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO BRING MARRIAGE EQUALITY TO OHIO Please Contribute $500, $1,000 or Even $5,000. The Most Important Thing You Can Do is Join The Effort Today. The next three months of the campaign are crucial. With your investment and support, we can make marriage equality the law of the land in Ohio. Will you consider pledging your support today? To make a donation and pledge your support, please visit us online at FreedomOhio.com, call us at 614-246-3807 or email Sarah@FreedomOhio.com. Campaign finance laws allow FreedomOhio PAC to accept contributions from individual and corporate donors. There are no limits on corporate contributions.

FreedomOhio.com

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Allow two consenting adults freedom to enter into a marriage regardless of gender Give religious institutions freedom to determine whom to marry Give religious institutions protection to refuse to perform a marriage

FreedomOhio Needs Your Support! Give for Freedom Today at FreedomOhio.com To give for Freedom, scan this QR Code with your smartphone. Please make checks payable to FreedomOhio PAC. Checks may be sent to Sarah McHenry at FreedomOhio PAC, 1349 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43205 FreedomOhio, Inc. and FreedomOhio, PAC are not for profit entities. 100% of all donations go to winning marriage equality in Ohio. Donations are not tax deductible. Ohio law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $100 per election cycle. Campaign finance laws allow FreedomOhio PAC to accept contributions from individual and corporate donors. There are no limits on corporate contributions. Paid for by FreedomOhio PAC, Mark McGinnis, Treasurer, 545 East Town Street, Columbus, OH 43215

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CAMPAIGN GUIDE: FREEDOM TO MARRY AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMENDMENT

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