A plurality of Ohioans oppose the state's ban on gay marriage.

Ohio's 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union and prohibiting the state from recognizing other unions was approved 62 percent to 38 percent by Ohio voters.

According to a Columbus Dispatch survey of 1,501 likely voters, 47 percent of respondents said they are opposed to the amendment, while 42 percent said they remain in favor. Eleven percent refused to answer.

“This is something I, as a Christian, hold dear to my heart. Homosexuals can have legal civil unions or some other legal joining together but marriage is sacred and should not be redefined for political correctness!” Michelle Clark told the paper.

“My brother is gay and I want him to have every right that I have,” said Christopher Mills, 24. “I don't see why I, or anyone else in Ohio, should tell him who to marry. It's his sole decision. I do support the idea of allowing the clergy the ability to perform marriages based on their ideology, but for a state marriage, anyone should be able to marry whom he/she wishes.”

A campaign to repeal the amendment is being organized by Freedom to Marry Ohio.

“More people have come out,” co-founder Ian James said. “More people know folks who are gay. More people know gay people are no different than anybody else. They want to love a person that they're committed to, and they want to share that life together.”

The group is working to put the question on next year's ballot.