2014 Measure 89 - Equal Rights
Oregon voters have passed a ballot measure that would amend the Oregon Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sex.
The measure was brought before voters by 47-year-old mother Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo. She argued Oregon needed the measure to solidify the civil rights of everyone in the state, even though those rights are already protected by the state Constitution, according to past court rulings.
In 1972, the U.S. fell three states short of ratifying a federal Equal Rights Amendment. DiLorenzo said changing Oregon’s law would help toward her ultimate goal of getting the U.S. Constitution changed.
There was no formal opposition to Measure 89 during the campaign season, but the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon did refuse to endorse the measure.
“We are wary about generating amendments to the constitution that don’t mean anything,” said Becky Strauss, the ACLU of Oregon’s legislative director. “The current provisions of the Oregon Constitution provide for the equal treatment under the law of everyone. Hard stop.”