SEASIDE, Ore. — Republicans who attended an annual GOP conference on March 8 voted to endorse a proposed referendum on whether marriage should be extended to same-sex couples in the state.
The Oregonian reported those who attended the annual Dorchester Conference voted 233-162 in favor of the referendum.
“We’re not a threat to the institution [of marriage], believe me,” gay Portland attorney Jerry Keene told the newspaper. “If we’re allowed access to the institution, we’ll take care of it.”
Oregon United for Marriage maintains it has enough signatures to place the issue on the November ballot. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum last month announced she will not defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban that voters approved in 2004.