OFC Responds to Basic Rights Announcement They Will Not Seek to Overturn Measure 36 on 2012 Ballot
Portland, OR – Oregon Family Council received news that LGBT organization Basic Rights Oregon will not be going forward with a 2012 ballot measure campaign to overturn 2004’s constitutional ballot Measure 36 which defined marriage as legally recognized only between one man and one woman.
“For more than a year the Oregon Family Council has been preparing to defend Oregon’s Constitutional definition of marriage. We are relieved that Basic Rights has postponed their effort to redefine marriage, but the operative word is ‘postponed,’” says Oregon Family Council Communications Director and spokesperson Teresa Harke. “They’ve made it clear in their press release and other public statements that a battle to change marriage is coming. Therefore we will remain vigilant in our efforts to educate Oregonians about the importance of protecting marriage and the impact that redefining marriage can have on society.”
Their final decision comes after months of public deliberation and in the midst of seeking input from their own supporters. Reportedly, this decision was influenced by our current economic recession.
“We understand that while Oregon Family Council and Basic Rights will never agree on this issue, it is our hope that now we can all focus on a common goal of getting Oregon families back to work” said Harke.
Oregon Family Council was founded over 30 years ago and educates and distributes information on public policy issues to over 40,000 members and 2000 churches across the state of Oregon.