Campaign To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Oregon Eyes 2014 Election
Voters across Oregon have until 8pm Tuesday evening to turn in their ballots. Overall, it's been a rather uneventful general election, with mostly small communities voting on local measures.
But next year, things are sure to be different. Not only will Congressional seats be up for grabs, several high-stakes issues are making their way to the ballot.
In November 2014, Oregon United for Marriage wants voters to decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. The group launched its petition drive this summer. Press Secretary Peter Zuckerman says petition gatherers have amassed nearly 105-thousand signatures. They need 116-thousand valid signatures to get the measure on the ballot.
Zuckerman: "Right now is a really great opportunity because we can really just talk to people, one on one, heart to heart, person to person. It's those conversations that we know that drive people to understand why same-sex couples need the freedom to marry."
Groups like Oregon Family Council have opposed same-sex marriage in the past, but no organized opposition has appeared as of yet.
In October, the State of Oregon announced it will recognize same-sex marriages performed by other states.
Other groups in Oregon are also working to put measures on the 2014 ballot. The issues range from renewable energy and marijuana to corporate taxation and union rights.