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An incredible day for the freedom to marry in Oregon!

Posted on February 20, 2014

WeWillWinWhat an incredible day! We have a lot of breaking news to share:

  • Support for the freedom to marry in Oregon is at a record high of 55%, according to polling we released today!
  • Oregon United for Marriage has 160,000 petition signatures in hand—more than enough to qualify for the ballot if we need to.
  • This morning, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that Oregon’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples is indefensible. Her announcement is historic, there’s no doubt.

What does this all mean? Since we launched this campaign, our goal has been clear: secure the freedom to marry in Oregon through the surest, quickest means possible.

Today’s announcement puts us on a strong path to securing marriage for Oregon’s loving, committed couples in the courts—which is why we have decided to hold on to our signatures pending the outcome of the federal lawsuit challenging Oregon’s marriage ban.

To be clear: We’ve never been more committed to bringing the freedom to marry to all Oregonians—and we will win in 2014.

What we’ve achieved on this campaign so far is incredible. We have you to thank for all of this.

We are hopeful that the judge will make a swift decision affirming the freedom to marry. When he does, Oregonians will rejoice together as all loving couples will finally be able to marry in our state. But in the meantime, the amazing movement you’ve helped build isn’t going anywhere. We’ll keep organizing and we’ll keep talking to our friends and neighbors to make the case that Oregon is ready for marriage.

We would not be so well positioned to win marriage in the court if it weren’t for the tremendous work of supporters like you. Thank you for all you’ve done, and everything you will continue to do.

Mike Marshall
Campaign Manager

P.S. Of course, our opponents won’t sit idly by as freedom wins. At a moment when Oregonians should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against loving, committed couples—we’re gearing up to fight another effort to write discrimination back into our laws. Opponents of marriage equality have filed an initiative that would give corporations and individuals an exemption to the state’s existing anti-discrimination laws—in place since 2007—and give commercial businesses the right to discriminate against same-sex couples. Oregon United for Marriage is mobilizing to educate as many people as possible to stop this divisive proposal dead in its tracks—stay tuned for details on how you can help.