Oregon Ballot Measure 304 (2008)

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Ballot Measure 304 was also known as Referral of Senate Bill 2 and the Oregon Equality Act.

Ballot Measure 304 was a veto referendum in Oregon that would have repealed a law granting equal rights to homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered persons and was scheduled to be circulated in 2007 and enacted in 2008. The subject was listed as Referral Of SB 2. No draft or certified title was chosen.

Status

Measure 304 was filed on May 16, 2007 and approved for circulation on 5/18/07. 62,000 signatures were submitted in fall 2007 and on October 8, 2007, the Oregon Secretary of State declared that not enough signatures were valid.

Janice Bentson, Aleksandr Voronko, and Carolyn Wendell.

Supporters

This referendum was supported by Concerned Oregonians, who work toward aligning government with evangelical belief systems. You can read their outline of this petition and Oregon Ballot Measure 303 here. Their argument for overturning ballot measure 304 was that by enforcing anti-discriminatory treatment of homosexuals and transgendered people, Oregon citizens are forced to be around people whose behavior they find abhorrent.

Opponents

Ballot Measure 304 was opposed by Basic Rights Oregon, who work toward ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Oregon. Their argument for keeping ballot measure 304 was that 1)It was already a law -- Oregonians already had spoken on this issue and 2)they wanted to protect basic fairness and protect all Oregon families from discrimination.

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