Same-Sex Marriage Petition For Oregon

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ASHLAND, Ore. — The state’s leading gay rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, is pushing to get same-sex marriage placed on the 2014 ballot.

Southern Oregon Pride, a local advocacy group and organizer of the Southern Oregon Pride Festival, is collecting signatures here to bring the issue to a vote.

Should they succeed, this wouldn’t be the first vote on the issue. A bill to legalize it failed to pass in 2004, but Southern Oregon Pride President Gina Duquesne says this time will be different.

“That was a long time ago in my opinion and I think that we have educated more people,” said DuQuenne.

Same-sex marriage passed in Washington this past November. Southern Oregon Pride says will be holding an event to collect signatures this Thursday at the United Church of Christ in Medford.