Oregon was poised to be the first state to overturn an anti-marriage equality state constitutional amendment in 2012. Basic Rights Oregon sent an email to supporters announcing their plan to wait until they are ready to win:
I'm writing you today with a big announcement. I share this with a heavy heart, but also with lots of hope for the future.
I've spoken with countless supporters this week as we traveled the state, holding town halls to talk about when and how to win the freedom to marry. So many of you have worked long and hard to prepare for a potential ballot measure campaign. But as I spoke with you, person after person made it clear you want us to continue the education work we are doing - and not to move forward into a political fight until we are ready to win.
After careful consideration and extensive community input, our Board of Directors voted unanimously to extend our public education campaign so we can continue to build public support as we prepare for a ballot measure campaign. We will not pursue a ballot measure on marriage in 2012.
The rest of the letter and more after the break.
Many of us feel the sting every day of being excluded from marriage. Each day that we are denied the opportunity to be legally married to the person we love is painful. But it would be even more painful to make the choice to put our rights up for a public vote and lose again. A second loss at the ballot on the issue of marriage equality would be devastating, especially for LGBT Oregonians in small towns and rural areas, and for our youth. And it would be devastating to our ability to bring this to yet another public vote in the near future.
Our Board has made a tough decision, but it's a wise one, which I am forwarding on to you below.
We will keep fighting. We will keep sharing our stories. We will keep coming out of the closet. We will keep making progress day in and day out.
And when we decide - on our community's timeline and terms - that we are ready for another public vote on marriage, we will move forward with a ballot measure campaign.
This struggle continues. I challenge all of us to join together in moving equality forward through everyday acts of bravery and honesty as we come out and tell our stories to friends and neighbors.
Basic Rights Oregon
Basic Rights Oregon funded a three week television comercial blitz this summer as part of their campaign to win marriage. They hoped to sway public opinion far enough in their favor that they could win a reversal of Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.