Head of group that led efforts to ban gay marriage to retire


SHARONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The head of an Ohio-based conservative group who has been an outspoken foe of same-sex marriage and other gay rights issues plans to retire following the November elections.

Phil Burress tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/29ylfSa) he plans to spend time with his family after leaving his position as president of Citizens for Community Values, based in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville.

Burress spearheaded a campaign in 2004 to ban same-sex marriage in Ohio. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional amendment in June 2015.

Burress began volunteering with the group more than three decades ago. He joined its board of directors and became president in 1991.

The 74-year-old will be replaced by Aaron Baer, an Ohio native and policy adviser to Arizona’s attorney general.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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