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"Fight Over Gay Marriage Comes to Oregon"

The Portland Communique is covering the news of four ballot initiatives submitted to the Secretary of State on Thursday, which seek to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman and to ban recognition of same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

Here’s the text of one of the initiatives, the Defense of Marriage Amendment:

The Oregon Constitution is amended by the addition of the following provision:

Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of a marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.

The Communique also notes the text of the initiatives indicate that the petitioners are seeking to ban civil unions, in addition to gay marriage. <sarcasm>Hooray.</sarcasm>

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