COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Some barbs flying back and forth between groups involved in the campaign to get same sex marriage on the Ohio ballot.
The disagreement went public Wednesday after a meeting among a coalition of proponents in Columbus. Shortly after the meeting Freedom Ohio, the group that began the effort, released news that there was an agreement to aim for the 2014 ballot.
A couple hours after that another news release came out blasting Freedom Ohio co-founder Ian James and claiming there was no timetable for when the issue might go to the ballot.
"When that meeting concluded there were zero decisions that had been reached in terms of when this would be on the ballot," said Fred Sainz with the Washington, DC based Human Rights Campaign.
Sainz called the move by Freedom Ohio co-founder Ian James a "further indication of what many believe to be his ethical lapses." He said James had broken the trust of the groups involved in the Wednesday conference and they were united against him leading the campaign.
"There is a huge amount of mistrust in his stewardship of this issue," Sainz said.
James called the whole thing a "family disagreement about timing." He said he doesn't even know Sainz.
"It's easy to have pot-shots and cheap shots and shots below the belt come from people who don't even live here and weren't at the meeting," James said.
He says everyone working on the campaign is doing so ethically and was offended that Sainz would blast their efforts. James says that Freedom Ohio is the lead organization on the campaign and is still focused on 2014.
A recent Columbus Dispatch Poll found 54 percent of Ohioans support gay marriage. James said they would have a "conversation" with Ohioans over the next 17 months to build on that.
Same-sex marriage supporters have been gathering signatures to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot for more than a year. It would overturn a 2004 amendment approved by 62 percent of Ohioans that bans gay marriage.