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Ore. gay marriage backers readying petitions for 2014 ballot initiative

Monday, July 1, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — Organizers of the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon say they have a final ballot title and will start collecting signatures this month to put the measure on the November 2014 ballot.

The referendum would repeal the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

More than 116,000 valid signatures must be collected for the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative to make the ballot.

Chief petitioner Jeana Frazzini says petitions will be ready at July 20 events in Portland, Eugene and other cities.

In 2004, voters by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent voted to amend the Oregon constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

Yet recent polling has shown a shift in Oregon on attitudes toward same-sex marriage since 2004.

Successful pushes for same-sex marriage in 13 states, including neighboring Washington state – where some Oregon couples have married – have emboldened the petitioners into action.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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10 more reader comments:

  1. sucks we have to vote on equality

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:33pm
  2. Its a start, I’m so glad that Oregon is trying =) <3

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:37pm
  3. i totally agree with ya…..people’s “civil rights” should NEVER be put to the GENERAL vote.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:37pm
  4. i’ll be attacked for saying so but too many russian voters in ore.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:44pm
  5. Let’s hope it passes, and then work for it!

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:45pm
  6. What about Florida

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:45pm
  7. True, but we gotta at least make all attempts possible, would like to get a court case to watch

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 2:45pm
  8. Unfortunately I have to wait more than a year to vote on this issue. But when the election comes, it should pass with flying colors.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:39pm
  9. NO NO NO! Human rights should NEVER be up for vote. This is not democracy!! argh

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:19pm
  10. I live in Oregon and I will be glad to sign that petition.

    Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 7:45pm