Despite fundraising on the issue, the Ohio Democratic Party says it has not endorsed an effort to repeal the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment which prevents the state from recognizing any union other than a heterosexual union.

On Top Magazine was the first to report on the party's Thursday launch of a fundraising campaign revolving around the issue.

In an email to supporters, the party asked, “Isn't it time that we make Ohio the 12th state to embrace equality?” a reference to the recent passage of a marriage bill in Delaware.

Despite asking donors for money to help “pass a referendum recognizing equality,” a spokesman said Friday that the party has not endorsed the only effort underway in the state to legalize gay nuptials.

Jerid Kurtz told Outlook Columbus that the party was endorsing the “idea of marriage equality” and is backing supportive candidates.

“We're actually trying to win marriage equality, not the concept of it,” said Ian James, a co-founder of FreedomOhio, the group working to replace the amendment. “It's difficult to support the concept without supporting the actual vehicle.”

James has previously said that while his group will easily surpass the roughly 385,000 valid signatures needed by July 3 to qualify for this November's ballot, a decision to put the question before voters this year hinges on public support and available resources.