Oregon United for Marriage is gathering signatures to get a same-sex initiative on the November 2014 ballot.
Temple Beth Israel is where one of 14 events across Oregon the group is gathering signatures.
A number of city officials attended, including Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy. There were also a number of same-sex couples who say this has been a long time coming.
You could tell just how strongly this issue impacts them. There were some pretty emotional comments. They say they are not only confident this will make it on the ballot, but they are also confident it can pass.
A couple KEZI 9 News spoke with who’s been together for 15 years says this initiative is all about equality.
“We have been waiting for a long time, and we knew the day would come when people finally caught up with us when people realized that gay and lesbian Oregonians are not so different from other Oregonians, and they want to marry for similar reasons,” said Eugene residents Victoria and Nicole Smithweiland.
The ballot language would likely change from “marriage is between a man and a woman” to the State or Oregon is to recognize and protect the right the freedom to marry for all couples.
Oregon United for Marriage needs to collect 2,000 signatures to begin the process. Then it would need another 130,000 signatures to put it on the ballot because this would change the constitution.