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Oregon coalition says it has collected enough signatures for marriage vote

Monday, December 9, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. — Marriage equality supporters said Monday they have collected the required signatures to put an initiative before voters in 2014 aimed at repealing the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Oregon-flagOregon United for Marriage, a broad coalition working to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon, said it has already collected more than 116,284 signatures, the minimum needed to put the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative on the November ballot.

The campaign, which began collecting signatures just over four months ago, has until July 3, 2014 to turn in enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, giving Oregonians the chance to vote for the freedom to marry on November 4.

With 118,176 signatures already in hand, Oregon United for Marriage said volunteers in every county will continue to collect signatures to ensure the measure qualifies, and to give volunteers an opportunity to have conversations with voters about why marriage matters to same-sex couples.

“The momentum of our signatures gathering campaign is incredible,” said Ryan Brown, Oregon United for Marriage field director. “I’m so happy and proud of our dedicated volunteers in every corner of the state who have talk to tens of thousands of Oregon voters about why marriage matters.”

The proposed ballot measure, if approved by voters, would repeal the state’s current constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and grant same-sex couples the right to marry in Oregon.

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.

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

Since then, same-sex marriage has become legal in neighboring California and Washington. Organizers hope that’s a sign that Oregonians are ready to reverse the ban.

Last week, the Washington state Department of Health reported that it has issued 524 marriage licenses to same-sex couples from Oregon in the past year.

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25 more reader comments:

  1. And I signed that petition.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:18pm
  2. And I’ll be voting for it!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:24pm
  3. I’ll be back living in Oregon in time to qualify to vote for it!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:25pm
  4. Come on!!….Great!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:47pm
  5. Yayy

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:47pm
  6. Yay

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:59pm
  7. Good. Equality and Justice for ALL!!! And the pursuit of happiness.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:04pm
  8. Awesome, I do not know why Oregon is so slow with equality issues, but remember Lon Mabon, I have to remember Oregon is not that much of a blue state once you get out of Portland/Eugene/Ashland and a few other towns, unfortunate?

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:07pm
  9. Yay!! Thanks Oregon!! :D

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:07pm
  10. its about time, its legal all over but here!

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:09pm
  11. Ones rights to love and marry your soulmate should not have to be voted. Married in 2004 in Massachusetts.

    Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 11:30pm
  12. Pass it !

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:31am
  13. Go Oregon!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:43am
  14. cool

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:44am
  15. Wow can I sign apetition to stop all divorces??

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 12:51am
  16. BRAVO Oregon!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:37am
  17. why is this even up for a vote? the rights of a minority group should not be overruled by the majority–the constitution specifically protects minorities. and loving v. virigina did state marriage is a right. so…i don’t understand what this is all about.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 1:52am
  18. nice

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:04am
  19. so did i

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:04am
  20. I LOVE OUFM!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 2:41am
  21. Here’s hoping that it happens!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:27am
  22. My home state!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 5:48am
  23. never let the people decide on someones rights….southern states would still have slavery..make your legislatures take it up

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 6:12am
  24. What about Topeka ks. Me and my girl want too get married here but we can’t. I think Topeka ks should have a vote on it too who is with me on the one..?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00am
  25. Civil rights are NOT matters for voters to decide! Even if this IS in support of equality, it’s NOT something that should be put before the voters. It should just be granted!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 9:28am