The Oregon “Freedom to marry and religious protection initiative” is comign closer and closer to getting before the voters. Supporters have turned into the secretary of state’s office a total of 2,000 signatures to sponsor the initiative. That would be twice as many signatures than they needed, and those signatures come from all but seven of Oregon’s 36 counties.
Jeana Frazzini, the chief petitioner, is excited about the support the initiative is receiving saying “People have been on a journey of understanding and coming to realize that whether you’re gay or straight that people want to marry for similar reasons … To make that lifetime commitment to care for one another in good times and bad and that’s what marriage means to all of us.”
Supporters hope to have it before the voters in 2014. It would repeal the ban on same-sex marriage that is currently in place while also protecting the rights of churches and clergy to refuse to perform any marriages they disagree with.