Michael Crawford

Anti-Gays Challenge to Oregon Domestic Partnership Law Fails

Filed By Michael Crawford | October 09, 2007 11:05 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay rights, LGBT, lgbt rights, Oregon

The anti-gay organization Defense of Family and Marriage Again has failed in its effort to repeal the recently passed Oregon domestic partnership law. The so-called "pro-family" group fell 116 signatures short of the 55,179 signatures required to place the dp law on the ballot for a popular vote.

On January 1 Oregon will join eight other states and the District of Columbia in providing rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples. Massachusetts remains the only state to allow marriages between same-sex couples.

Basic Rights Oregon, a statewide advocacy group, led the fight to oppose placing the dp law on the ballot and reminds us that all is still not safe and sound for LGBT Oregonians.

But we’re not out of the woods yet. The Secretary of State’s office is still counting signatures on the attempt to refer our new nondiscrimination law. We expect to hear more by the end of the week.

And anti-gay groups have vowed to try again, using the initiative process to try to REPEAL the law. This would give them until next July 3rd to collect roughly 82,000 signatures.

So while we celebrate this tremendous victory, we can’t let down our guard. We must be prepared to defend these laws at the ballot, enforce them once they go into effect, and elect more fair-minded candidates to public office.

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Maybe part of the problem was the group's name - Defense of Family and Marriage Again. Cuz the public is very much of the mindset "Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice..." They didn't want to get fooled again, perhaps. *crosses fingers*