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Timbers, Thorns First Pro Teams To Back Gay Marriage

OPB | Oct. 11, 2013 6:25 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 27, 2014 9:41 a.m. | Portland, OR

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The Portland Timbers and Thorns announced Friday they are endorsing the effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon.

National advocates say it’s the first time that major league sports teams have backed such a same-sex marriage campaign.

Signature gatherers are circulating petitions to get a measure on the Oregon ballot in November 2014.

The chief operating officer for the two teams, Mike Golub recorded an endorsement for what’s called the “Freedom to Marry” campaign.

Speaking on behalf of the two soccer teams and owner, Merritt Paulson he said “We believe it’s time for Oregon to recognize this fundamental right, and we hope you will join us at the Timbers and Thorns, and affirm this right to marry at the ballot next November.”

The proposed ballot measure would overturn Oregon’s voter-approved law from 2004, that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Washington voters supported a same-sex marriage referendum last year.

That law took effect the following December.

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