Saturday, 24 November 2012 00:25

Perhaps Next Marriage Equality Ballot Will Be In Oregon

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And if Oregon became the next state to legalize marriage equality?

Instead of launching a referendum in 2012, the activists of LGBT rights in Oregon preferred to expect the results of November. Was this a good or a bad idea? We don't know yet.

The 2012 ballots, very positive, since the 4 states passed the law, could make it possible to now launch the question of a referendum in Oregon, which would take place in 2014.

Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, said the votes in Washington, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota help set the stage for 2014.

"I am more confident than ever that we will be the first state to overturn a constitutional ban on marriage" for same-sex couples, she said. Although no firm decision has been made, she said it is "likely" that her organization would spearhead a same-sex marriage ballot campaign in two years, The Washington Post reports.

The amendment about which Frazzini speaks had been voted in 2004 and recognizes the marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

Many things changed since 2004. Already in 2007, the civil unions were approved. It is from now on time to allow gay and lesbian couples of being able to marry if they wish it.