Two new Oregon
gay rights laws, set to go into effect January 1, will
likely see suspension until November 2008 if a rapidly
growing protest group has its way, according to
an Associated Press article.
This spring, the
Oregon legislature passed laws that ban workplace
discrimination based on sexual orientation and grant
same-sex couples many benefits of marriage through
legal domestic partnerships.
antigay group Defense of Family and Marriage Again, headed
by former Oregon senator Marilyn Shannon, is collecting
signatures to overturn the new laws. According to
Shannon in the article, the group is having "awesome"
success. If the group garners 55,179 signatures by
September 26, the measures will be suspended until they can
be voted on in the next presidential election.
15,000 petitions out there and we're printing more.
I'm willing to predict that Oregonians will
vote on this in 2008," Shannon said in the article.