An update from executive director, Jeana Frazzini on why Oregon WILL win the freedom to marry this year!
February, 20, 2014
Great news today! Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced this morning that Oregon’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is indefensible.
Today, I am more confident than ever that all loving couples will have the freedom to marry right here in Oregon before this year is out.
Last year, in addition to launching the Oregon United for Marriage campaign, Basic Rights Oregon joined the ACLU in a lawsuit aimed at overturning Measure 36 through the courts. Today, the AG took the position that Oregon’s constitutional ban on the freedom to marry “is indefensible.”
While there is still work to be done, and the lawsuit will continue to move forward, the likelihood for success in the court case is very high. We are poised to win!
We knew that momentum was on our side, but could not have anticipated how rapidly the legal and political landscape would change in just a few months time. This success could never have happened if not for the thousands of people who have been courageous, honest, generous, and have joined with Basic Rights Oregon and our partners to build public support and create the environment for success.
Today’s step forward is another example of the decades-long partnership between Basic Rights Oregon and the ACLU of Oregon in securing the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples. The important work on this case could not have been accomplished without the collaboration between our organizations and hard work of our partners and supporters.
What does this all mean? From day one, our goal has been clear: secure the freedom to marry in Oregon through the surest, quickest means possible.
The Oregon United for Marriage campaign has announced today that it has gathered more than 160,000 signatures—well over the requirement and more than enough to qualify for the November ballot. The campaign has decided to hold onto the signatures, pending the outcome of a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Measure 36.
We must also remain ready to defend our current non-discrimination laws from efforts to erode them. Our opponents have filed an initiative that would give corporations and individuals an exemption to the state’s existing anti-discrimination laws and give commercial businesses the right to discriminate against same-sex couples. Once again, Oregon is the front line for defending the basic rights and dignity of LGBT people. You’ll be hearing more from us on this important work in the weeks to come.
Thank you again for all the work you have done to make this day possible. We are closer than ever to bringing the freedom to marry to all Oregonians—and we will win in 2014.
Basic Rights Oregon