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Oregon Ballot Measure 145 (2008)

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Oregon Ballot Measure 145 (2008) was an initiated state statute that would have repealed Oregon's 2007 anti-discrimination law. It did not make the November 7, 2008 ballot.[1]


Proponents conceded they did not have enough time to gather the signatures required by the deadline.[2]

Ballot title

The official ballot title read at the time:

Removes Sexual Orientation From Statutes Listing Impermissible Discrimination Grounds; Deletes Other Sexual-Orientation-Related Provisions[3]


Senator Gary George, Victor Vityukov, and Rep. Kim Thatcher


Former representative Marilyn Shannon was a leading contributor to the effort. She called the current law "reverse discrimination" and maintained that "our rights were stolen from us" when the anti-discrimination law passed in 2007.[4]


Basic Rights Oregon[5] and[6], a gay and lesbian community web site, opposed the initiative, citing it as "anti-gay."

Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed comments on this initiative and Oregon Ballot Measure 144 (2008), which would have repealed domestic partnerships in Oregon. BRO and the ACLU challenged the two prospective petitions to the Oregon Supreme Court.[7]

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