The Oregon Equality Act, which passed seven years ago, makes it illegal for a business to discriminate based on sexual orientation.
But another group is working on the Protect Religious Freedom initiative. It would allow businesses to opt out of providing services for same-sex weddings.
Supporters say it would prevent people from having to violate their conscience. Opponents say it’s a misguided state of mind.
“I am very uncomfortable having the name of religion being lifted up as a way to discriminate against other people because of who they are or who they love. That is not my faith and I am totally against it,” said Jonathan Morgan, a minister.
The legal counsel for the organization behind the bill says it’s not about turning people away, but says people shouldn’t be penalized if they don’t want to participate in same-sex ceremonies.