For Immediate Release:
June 6th, 2012
Contact: Sasha Buchert
Basic Rights Oregon confident Washington voters will vote
to approve the freedom to marry for same-sex couples
Oregon faces different path, but support is expanding across state
[Portland] Today, opponents of marriage equality in Washington State submitted signatures to force a November vote on the freedom to marry legislation passed this year by the Washington legislature.
This is disheartening but not surprising news,” said Executive Director Jeana Frazzini. “However, we are confident that a majority of Washingtonians believe in treating others as they wish to be treated and will ultimately choose to support love and commitment by approving Referendum 74.”
A recent independent poll indicates that Washington voters support the marriage equality law by a margin of 54-33%.
“Support in Oregon is steadily growing. However, unlike our neighbors to the north, we must amend our constitution to gain the freedom to marry,” Frazzini explained. “While a majority of Oregonians currently support the idea of marriage for same-sex couples – and that majority is expanding– asking voters to amend the constitution is a higher threshold to –cross, and we simply don’t have a clear consensus yet in Oregon.”
Basic Rights Oregon is currently engaged in an ongoing, nationally-recognized education campaign to build support for the freedom to marry in Oregon. We’re committed to having a dialogue with our friends, family and neighbors and, ultimately, winning the freedom to marry as early as 2014. Over the next few months, Basic Rights Oregon is hosting a series of community conversations across Oregon to expand community support for the freedom to marry.