FreedomOhio, the group working on a ballot initiative to repeal Ohio's ban on gay marriage, announced Friday that it is placing its initiative on hold.

FreedomOhio will “hold its original petition for marriage equality in a state of readiness for filing, while collecting signatures on a new petition with revised language,” the group said in a statement.

Explaining that it wanted to “ensure that the right language is placed on the ballot at the right time,” the group said it will “continue to work with in-state LGBT groups and allies.”

“Over the coming months, FreedomOhio will also utilize extensive polling on both the existing and the new petitions to guarantee that voters will ultimately see the best possible language on the ballot.”

Several LGBT groups, including Equality Ohio, had balked at FreedomOhio's plans to put the initiative on the 2014 ballot, saying they would pursue an educational campaign on the issue first.

“FreedomOhio supports the efforts educating Ohio voters about why marriage equality matters,” said Ian James, the group's executive director and co-founder. “We've been listening to in-state LGBT groups and allies, and we've found that our adjusted language provides a pathway to consensus.”

The announcement came on the same day that a federal judge said he would release a ruling within the next ten days forcing Ohio officials to recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples. It was uncertain whether the ruling had influenced FreedomOhio's decision.

(Related: Federal judge says he'll order Ohio to recognize gay marriages.)

FreedomOhio said it will also begin working on an initiative aimed at prohibiting discrimination in the areas of employment and housing on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The group will collect the 116,000 valid signatures needed to submit a proposed law to the Ohio General Assembly.

Lawmakers have 4 months to act on such requests before petitioners can circulate additional petitions to reach the ballot box.

Ohio's Republican-controlled General Assembly has repeatedly rejected similar bills introduced by Democratic lawmakers.