Basic Rights Oregon drops 2012 referendum efforts to overturn same-sex marriage ban
SALEM, Oregon: Roughly 27 initiatives are currently filed with the Oregon Secretary of State in efforts to qualify for the 2012 ballot. Although it was never officially filed, earlier this year reports indicated that a same-sex marriage referendum may be headed to the even-year ballot. However, supporters announced on November 9 that efforts were dropped.
Oregon does not currently allow same-sex marriage, however, Basic Rights Oregon said they were considering moving forward with an initiative for 2012 to overturn the 2004 ban and legalize it through out the state.
On November 9, 2011 Basic Rights Oregon announced that they were dropping their efforts for a ballot measure for the 2012 ballot. In a statement the group said, "We have considered the possibility of putting this issue on the ballot for the 2012 election. However several factors, including the expense of waging a statewide political campaign in the midst of an economic crisis, led us to conclude that [we] are better off extending our education campaign and building momentum for a later election."
An estimated 10 measures relating to marriage are currently proposed for the even year ballot in California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming. Two other measures are certified to appear before voters in Minnesota and North Carolina.
- SheWired.com, "Oregon Launches Campaign to Repeal Gay Marriage Ban," November 3, 2009 (dead link)
- Justout.com, "BREAKING: BRO Will Not Move Forward with Gay Marriage Ballot Initiative in 2012," November 9, 2011
- Basic Rights Oregon, "We are Committed to Winning the Freedom to Marry," November 9, 2011