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Oregon Hygienic Marriage Examination and License, Measure 4 (June 1921)

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The Oregon Hygienic Marriage Examination and License Bill, also known as Measure 4, was on the June 7, 1921 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have required both applicants for a marriage license to submit to and pass an examination by a physician as to their venereal health and mentality and disqualified those who failed such an examination a marriage license.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 4 (June 1921)
Defeatedd No65,79353.64%
Yes 56,853 46.36%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed Law - Referred to the People by the Legislative Assembly

Submitted by the legislature - HYGIENIC MARRIAGE EXAMINATION AND LICENSE BILL - Purpose: To require both applicants for marriage license to submit to and pass an examination by a regularly licensed and competent physician as to their health, in regard to contagious or communicable venereal disease and mentality, and in case of failure to pass such examination prohibiting marriage unless one or both applicants are rendered sterile; to establish requirements of physician’s certificate and providing for an appeal from order of county clerk denying a license.
Vote YES or NO.

306. Yes

307. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 4 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Legislative Assembly on February 23, 1921.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 12, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.