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Marriage Equality Ballot Measure Campaign On Hold

OPB | Feb. 21, 2014 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 21, 2014 2:06 p.m.

Courtesy: Chantal Andrea, N3.

Advocates for marriage equality have been fighting on two fronts to make it legal for same-sex couples to marry in Oregon.

Oregon United for Marriage has been collecting signatures to put a measure on the ballot that would amend the state constitution to remove the language defining marriage as between “one man and one woman.” At the same time, there are two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying in Oregon.

Yesterday, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced she would not defend the state in those lawsuits and Oregon United for Marriage suspended their ballot measure campaign saying, “”We have the signatures and are holding them pending the outcome of the court case.”

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