There’s a new initiative in Oregon

that would allow businesses to deny goods and services to gay and lesbian couples because of who they are and whom they love.

That’s discrimination—and it’s just wrong.

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Statement from Oregon United Against Discrimination on the Suspension of IP 52

Mike Marshall, campaign manager for Oregon United Against Discrimination, released the following statement in response to the Oregon Family Council’s news that they would not be moving forward with IP 52—the measure that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples.

“Thanks to the incredible outpouring of early opposition to this measure—over 462 organizations and leaders, including 190 businesses and 167 faith leaders have joined the Oregon United Against Discrimination coalition—Oregonians have realized that this measure would allow businesses to discriminate against people because of who they are and whom they love. And discrimination is just wrong.”

“We are thrilled that the Oregon Family Council has suspended their IP 52 effort, likely realizing Oregonians wouldn’t support a measure that would allow discrimination.”

“We are looking forward to a hearing next week in the federal court case to decide whether loving, committed same-sex couples should be able to marry in Oregon. We are hopeful we will have a positive resolution in that case very soon, and all couples will be able to marry in Oregon—free from discrimination.”

On Thursday, May 8, the Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the ballot title for IP 52; Today, the Oregon Family Council announced it would not pursue signature gathering on the measure.

More than 190 businesses announced today that they have endorsed Oregon United Against Discrimination, the campaign to keep a proposed discrimination measure out of Oregon. To stop the measure from qualifying for the ballot, 64 of the endorsing businesses took out the first print ads in the campaign, urging Oregonians to keep the discrimination measure off the ballot.

Oregon United Against Discrimination formally launched on May 2, with a campaign ad featuring Oregon human rights leader Kathleen Saadat.