PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon petition is going around to allow businesses with religious beliefs to opt out of serving gay or lesbian couples getting married.
This comes on the heels of Arizona’s controversial bill that would have allowed the same thing. That bill was vetoed Wednesday night by Arizona’s governor.
Now, an Oregon group is pitching the “Protect Religious Freedom Initiative.” They say it will protect Oregonians who choose not to take part in same-sex ceremonies that violate their religious beliefs.
Supporters say this law is different from Arizona’s because it is specifically about marriage ceremonies, but those against it call it discrimination.
“That’s not what this law is. This is about allowing corporations and businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples on their wedding day,” said Mike Marshall with Oregon United for Marriage.
Seven years ago, the state adopted the “Oregon Equality Act”, making it illegal to discriminate against anyone based on their sexual orientation.