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Marriage equality supporters seek to repeal Oregon’s ban on gay marriage

Monday, February 11, 2013

SALEM, Ore. — Supporters of same-sex marriage said Monday they’re aiming at a vote next year to reverse Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, which was approved in 2004.

The state’s leading gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, said it’s formed a campaign organization to get a constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot. The group will need to collect at least 116,000 valid signatures.

Voters in Oregon have become more inclined to support gay marriage since they approved the ban by a vote of nearly 57 percent to 43 percent, said Jeana Frazzini, Basic Rights Oregon’s executive director. Approval of gay marriage in other states and vocal public support from President Barack Obama have helped shift momentum with supporters of same-sex unions, Frazzini said.

“We’ve seen the state and the country on a journey of understanding that loving and committed same sex couples want to marry, and they want to do so for reasons similar to any couple: for love and commitment and taking care of one another in good times and bad,” Frazzini.

Theresa Harke, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Family Council said the group has been preparing to oppose such a measure and said both sides would have a difficult fight.

Only one man and one woman can procreate, Harke said, so that unique arrangement deserves a unique name.

“Oftentimes we get away from what we’re actually talking about, which is the definition of marriage, as opposed to how we feel about same-sex couples and the rights of same sex couples,” Harke said.

A 2007 Oregon law allows same-sex couples to register a domestic partnership that provides the same rights as marriage under state law. Last year, Oregon had 558 domestic partnerships through October, according to the Oregon Health Authority, which tracks vital statistics.

Basic Rights Oregon decided against seeking a same-sex marriage initiative in the 2012 election, saying at the time that it wasn’t clear they could win.

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4 more reader comments:

  1. Bet Sweet Cakes by Melissa is going apeshit!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1:44pm
  2. Any ban on EQUAL RIGHTS is against the equal rights of everyone!! If the extremist right-wing “religious” HATERS decide to declare war on YOUR RIGHTS, what will you do??!!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 1:51pm
  3. @jeff jeffcoats. If you asshats would accept the FACTS that 1. Gov CANNOT grant Rights 2. “Marriage” belongs to RELIGION with a 2000 year history 3. Religion considers same sex relation as “an abomination” 4. You are DISPARAGING the Rights of the religious 5. Religion has the Right to KEEP this position under the Constitution.
    If you would focus on the LEGAL EQUIVALENT under Civil Union to get F’d over by the IRS without using the term “marriage” you WOULD ALREADY HAVE YOUR “RIGHT”. The LGBT people in Colorado understood this and guess what we did today. It’s YOUR pigheadedness that stops this because the Gov cannot infringe.

    Article [IX]
    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:14pm
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    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:38pm