The group says that feedback from an online survey of over 1,000 people, canvassing the entire state door-to-door, community meetings and two statewide advertising campaigns suggest the the group's "education work to continue."
Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights says, "As far as we have come, which as been significant, we don't yet have the kind of consensus that would indicate a reasonable expectation of success."
It seems that Oregonians are evenly divided on a proposed ballot initiative to legalize gay marriage and to overturn the constitutional ban against same-sex marriage approved by voters in 2004. But Frazzini feels that a weak economy, high rates of unemployment and home foreclosures create a tough climate for social issue political campaigns. And so Basic Rights want to wait until 2014 to push for the legalization of marriage equality in the state.
This news cannot be good news for the more than 3,000 gay and lesbian couples in Oregon who have entered domestic partnerships--legalized by the Legislature in 2007. The partnerships give couples most of the benefits of marriage, but make them feel like second-class citizens because the civil unions do not convey the same status and respect conferred by marriage.
Jeana Frazzini: "There is just too much at stake here. Folks are up for the challenge but want to have a sense that it is winnable."
I seriously hope they make their move soon. Sometimes sitting idly by, and waiting for the right moment, ends up with the right moment having passed you by. I understand that 2014 is not that far off, but with the people of Oregon almost equally divided on the issue, I believe that some of those anti-marriage equality voters might be swayed to vote for equality.