Ohio voters are divided on whether to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in the Buckeye State.

According to a Columbus Dispatch poll, Ohioans oppose marriage equality by 3 percentage points (46 to 43 percent), less than the survey's 3.3 percent margin of error.

The newspaper asked 1,009 likely voters by mail their opinions on “a proposal that would overturn the state constitution's ban on same-sex marriage.”

Voters a decade ago voted 62 to 38 percent for the amendment, which defines marriage as a heterosexual union.

Marriage equality supporters are hoping to return the issue to the ballot in 2016.

As the Dispatch points out, it's possible the issue will have been settled before then.

A federal judge last year struck down Ohio's marriage amendment as unconstitutional. The Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is currently reviewing the case, in addition to similar cases from three other states. If the court upholds the bans, then it's likely the Supreme Court would get involved.

Pollsters found that 65 percent of Democrats support marriage equality, while 68 percent of Republicans remain opposed. Catholics (46 to 42 percent) and Protestants (56 to 35 percent) are also opposed.