Oregonians Will Vote On Marriage Equality In 2014

Oregon citizens voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2004, and now they will have the opportunity to become the first to repeal the ban. This weekend, Oregon United for Marriage announced that they had received enough signatures to place a same-sex marriage initiative on the 2014 ballot. The notice was sent to supporters via email on Saturday. 

OregongeographyDaily Kos reports on the email:

“It's been just four months since we started gathering signatures on the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative,” said Ryan Brown, the group's field director. “Thanks to volunteer signature gatherers in every Oregon county, I have some amazing news to share: We have over 116,284 signatures in hand!”

Signature gathering will continue to guard against failing to qualify due to invalid or duplicate signatures.

The state has clearly come a long way since its previous vote nearly a decade ago, but more signatures and support are always needed. We will keep our fingers crossed for a successful, and historic, repeal of the same-sex marriage ban!


  1. Bob says

    Although I am living in Oregon I am against any further voting. Because the other side spends a lot of money spreading hate on TV and members of opposing churches get to hear 6 months of anti gay crap.
    The result is not healing but more divisiveness
    I’m hoping a court’s ruling will and this sooner

  2. oncemorewithfeeling says

    Voting on whether or not other human beings are actually human beings is reprehensible, even when the vote goes the right way. But that’s the way this game is played, unfortunately. CA should have gotten its act together and repealed Prop 8 at the ballot box years before it made its way to the Supreme Court. Hopefully, Oregon will finally do the right thing, as far as these things go.

  3. Francis says

    I’m pretty nervous about Oregon and also Ohio, with both states likely to have equal marriage on ballot in ’14. Poll numbers in both states have had support somewhere in the upper 40’s and that’s not going to be enough. Numbers have to be somewhere in the low-to-mid 50’s considering the fact final result numbers for this issue are always lower than poll numbers.

  4. Kenneth says

    It’s a sad but true fact that the quickest way for Oregon to pass this is through the ballot. Our base of support is in the mid 50’s range. We have a good shot here but we can’t get complacent.

  5. Merv says

    I’m a little concerned this is an off-year election, when conservatives tend to have an advantage. Neighboring Washington state approved marriage with 53.7% of the vote, but during the 2012 presidential election.

  6. Concord says

    Only does the gay communities rights get put to a popularity contest, where when we lost it’s treated as if we lost a pie baking contest as opposed to our civil rights (which shouldn’t be up to a vote to begin with). Any other demographic this would happen to and there would be riots and marches every day in the streets

  7. Anthony says

    This is a complete and utter waste of time. There are already lawsuits being filed in every state now that the federal government recognizes marriage in all 50 states. The last thing we need is another campaign.

  8. Ken says

    I can’t believe there are so many people here against this vote! We need to be willing to fight for our rights using all means available and that includes having the public vote. I see no difference between this and the legislature deciding. I agree it is a fundamental right but am not willing to sit around and be treated like a second class citizen until the courts decide that. Fight for what’s right people!

  9. Concord says

    I don’t think it’s a waste of time. We can win in Oregon. the landscape is in our favor. But I REALLY hope a sweeping court ruling comes within the next two years. We’re starting to win enough states where it can’t be argued that the tide hasn’t turned.

  10. Bob says

    Again, folks, it’s not that it’s “a waste of time” — it is, however, a waste of a lot of money for TV ads, and it is damaging to the Gay children of “Christians”, because those churches will be on a long campaign of misinformation.

    Remember that half the population or more of Oregon got the Portland TV ads for the WA campaign (covering SW Washington) — fortunately, the “good” side spent more, but I am against creating more “US vs THEM”, and would rather wait for the courts.

  11. MaryM says

    It is NEVER justifiable to put minority rights to a vote.

    That is sick and wrong on every level regardless of the outcome.

    If this is defeated then there absolutely must be sustained rioting and civil disobedience.

    How sick is this country that in the year 2014 our civil rights are left to the mob to determine.

  12. John says

    While New Jersey was having this same debate about putting same-sex marriage up for a vote (and the gay community divided about the approach) the court swept in – kind of unexpectedly – and decided it. Same sex marriage is now a done deal in the Garden State. The ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, followed by the announcement about the Federal government recognizing the marriages (based on where the marriage took place, NOT where the couple lives), shifted the entire movement into overdrive. On principle, I don’t think that civil rights should be up to a vote, but, pragmatically I think we just need to win. I rather like knowing that we’ve had wins in the state legislatures, in the state courts, in the Federal courts, by Federal proclamation, AND in the voting booths. We’ve got momentum on our side.

  13. Benny Lava says

    “Oregon citizens voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2004, and now they will have the opportunity to become the first to repeal the ban.”

    The first? What about Maine?

    We are in a similar situation in Colorado, where civil unions went into effect on May 1. Polling here indicates that when people are given 3 choices, marriage equality, civil unions, or no legal recognition, support for marriage equality dips below 50%. Support is also lower in 2014 than 2016 due to the different composition of the electorate in a midterm versus a Presidential election.

    We all want to see the ban lifted as soon as possible, but in Colorado we have seen our rights denied three times at the ballot box already. We have limited resources, and need to be strategic in how to spend them. I am glad to see Oregon moving forward in 2014, and wish them success.

  14. Benny Lava says

    I see now that Maine did not pass a ban, but repealed a marriage equality law that never went into effect in 2009, before passing marriage equality in 2012. I retract my previous question.

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