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USA, Oregon: Update from Oregon United for Marriage
Our friend Peter Zuckerman, Press secretary for OUFM, sent over an update on the fight there:


It’s an incredible time for the freedom to marry in Oregon. In the courts or at the ballot, we will win—and defend—marriage in 2014!


Support for the freedom to marry in Oregon is at a record high of 55%, according to polling Oregon United for Marriage released on February 20. This is a huge shift over just the past four years-- which mirrors what we're seeing nationally. More and more people are coming to understand that no one should be denied the freedom to marry the person they love.


Over the next four months, we have a new--and huge--job ahead of us: we need to educate Oregonians on an effort by our opponents at the Oregon Family Council to qualify a discrimination initiative, a measure that would allow businesses to deny commercial services to people because of who they are and who they love. Treating people differently based on who they are is discrimination.

At a moment when Oregonians should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against loving, committed couples, we're gearing up to fight another effort to write discrimination back into our laws. This hurtful measure weakens our current anti-discrimination laws so that corporations and commercial businesses can discriminate against gay and lesbian couples by denying them services on their wedding day. Freedom means freedom for everyone, and it is wrong to treat people differently because of who they are and who they love.


Since we launched the Oregon United for Marriage campaign, our goal has been clear: secure the freedom to marry in Oregon through the surest, quickest means possible.

The amazing movement Oregonians have built is continuing the work to win and defend marriage. Oregon United for Marriage is sorting and prepping the signatures, so they're ready to turn in on a moment's notice if we need to. And supporters will keep organizing and talking to friends and neighbors to make the case that Oregon is ready for marriage--and not interested in adding discrimination back into our laws.


We hope you can join Oregon United for Marriage at one of the stops on the
TBD locations will be announced soon. Watch for more details in the coming days.


The oral arguments in the marriage equality lawsuit are in mid April, and there could be a ruling as soon as May (though it may take longer). OUFM has until 7/3 to turn in their signatures to put marriage equality on the November ballot. 
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Published on:  March 5, 2014

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