Oregon Medical Examinations for Marriage Licenses, Measure 4 (1938)

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The Oregon Medical Examinations for Marriage Licenses Bill, also known as Measure 4, was on the November 8, 1938 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure required medical examinations and certification of all applicants for marriage licenses and disallowed those who failed from marrying.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 4 (1938)
Approveda Yes 277,099 80.65%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referred to the People by the Legislative Assembly

BILL REQUIRING MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICANTS MEDICALLY EXAMINED, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY - Purpose: To require medical examination and certification of all applicants for marriage licenses, showing freedom from contagious or infectious venereal diseases, epilepsy, feeble-mindedness, insanity, drug addiction or chronic alcoholism; requiring blood tests for determination of syphilis and microscopic examinations to determine gonnorheal infection; state health board to make such tests free for applicants unable to pay for laboratory tests, state board of eugenics providing blanks, certificates and questionnaires for such examinations. Such questionnaires shall be sworn to by applicants and physicians. All records of such examinations shall be confidential, not for public inspection. Applicants denied licenses may appeal to circuit court.
Vote YES or NO

306. Yes. I vote for the proposed law.

307. No. I vote against the proposed law.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 18, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.