Oregon gubernatorial candidate: Gay marriage ‘a sin, just the same as murder’

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Meet Lorraine Mae Rafferty of Selma, Ore., who, despite having never served in elective office, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Oregon.

In this four-minute “meet the candidate” interview with The Oregonian, Rafferty explains why she’s running for governor and makes it clear that she opposes same-sex marriage because it’s a sin, “just the same as murder” — a label she also applies to abortion.


Oregon could potentially see marriage equality on the ballot next November, so long as organizers collect 116,284 valid signatures by July 3.

Sponsors of the ballot measure say they’ve already reached that goal, but promised on Tuesday to drop their campaign if a federal judge ruled quickly in a case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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