September 17th, 2008 | by Byron Beck News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Gay Rights

Gay It Up: Oregon's Counter to California Scheming on Gay Rights

     
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Although Oregon's always been considered California's hick cousin, it looks that state might actually need our help on gay rights.

California voters will decide this November on Proposition 8, which, if passed, would amend the California Constitution with a new section that would read "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

But a web page called “Oregonians Against Prop 8” , which rolled out today, is out to make sure that never happens, by offering a site where average Oregonians can donate cash to the cause.

The web page was created by Thalia Zepatos — who recently moved back to Oregon after serving more than 3 1/2 years as director of organizing and training for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force — and Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director, Jeana Frazzini.

“The No on Prop 8 campaign has raised $11 million—more than any other LGBT campaign in history,” says Zepatos.

But Zepatos says the opposition, which calls Prop 8 the "Armageddon of the culture war", "is lighting a fire under donors nationwide" and has raised $16 million—35-percent of that from Mormon donors alone (see MormonsFor8.com).

With 35 million residents, California is bigger than many nations that have legalized same-sex marriage.

And Zepatos says a lot of money is needed to campaign there.

“Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco calls Proposition 8 the "second most important election in America this November," says Zepatos. “While this campaign is winnable, It takes millions of dollars to compete on television, and the 16-percent of undecided voters will likely be swayed by the side that gets their ads on the air first. We are trying to inspire activists from many states to give as much as they can-- and we hope Oregon will be the first state to register significant support.”
 
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