Basic Rights Oregon considers 2012 marriage measure

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September 16, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam


SALEM, Oregon: A marriage measure may be hitting the state Oregon in 2012. As early as 2009, Basic Rights Oregon began considering a marriage measure in the western state and is currently expected to make a final decision about moving forward with a campaign this October or November.[1][2]

Prior to making a decision, Basic Rights Oregon announced that they planned to meet with an advisory group of community leaders and organizations in order to determine if it is a good idea to proposed the measure in 2012. A list of participating organizations can be viewed here.

In Oregon Measure 36 appeared on the November 2, 2004 state ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment and was approved by voters. The measure added to the Oregon Constitution a statement of policy that only a marriage between one man and one woman is valid or legally recognized as a marriage. The proposed 2012 measure, aims to overturn the measure.

An estimated 11 measures relating to marriage are currently proposed for the even year ballot in California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming. Two other measures are certified to appear before voters in Minnesota and North Carolina.

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