In response to today's ruling overturning California's Proposition 8, we asked some local community leaders who are invested in the gay community what they think the victory for gay rights might mean for Oregon.
Oregon passed its own constitutional amendment, Measure 36, in 2004, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Could an opposition movement be in the works, bolstered by the news from the Golden State?
The Reverend Chuck Currie, minister, the United Church of Christ:
The decision in California will help spur the movement to help overturn Measure 36... the coming campaign [against the Oregon law] will be an opportunity for Christians to come together in ending discrimination. As a minister, I feel that religion was misused by the proponents of Measure 36, in a very divisive campaign. Now people are putting the foundation together to overturn it, whether that's through a ballot measure or based on a court decision.
Kendall Clawson, Executive Director, the Q Center:
This is an amazing stepping stone, and puts the spotlight on the issue for our state. Everybody should be able to enjoy, experience, and frankly demand full equality... this decision is coming from a federal judge. That means it can't be shoved in the back of another state's closet, and people will have to pay attention to it.
Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director, Basic Rights Oregon:
This is encouraging for Oregon, and it underscores a growing consensus. But it will go to the Supreme Court, and there will probably be many years of wrangling in court. This work can be challenging, and sometimes overwhelming. So we need to celebrate every step of the way.