Sep 28, 2007 12:02 AM GMT
From Basic Rights Oregon (www.basicrights.org):
"Opponents of our pro-equality bills are claiming to have turned in 63,000 signatures on both the Anti-Discrimination law and the Domestic Partnership law.
Amid reports that their efforts to roll back Oregon’s new anti-discrimination laws were faltering, anti-gay activists today turned in barely enough signatures to meet the 55,179 minimum required by the Secretary of State to force a referendum on the laws. Because of likely duplications and other errors by signature gatherers, it is too early to tell whether the effort was successful.
“We are encouraged,” Hummel said today at the Capitol, where he was joined by supporters of the laws. “In refusing to sign these petitions, Oregonians showed that they aren’t interested in rolling back our anti-discrimination laws.”
The Oregon Secretary of State has 30 days to determine whether either referendum has qualified. Hummel said Basic Rights Oregon plans to closely monitor the signature verification process to ensure that only valid signatures are counted.
“We will be here in Salem every day to observe the process,” Hummel said. “We won’t rest until the outcome is known.”
Both laws were passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor last May. They are slated to go into effect on January 1, 2008, unless the referenda qualify for the ballot.
Read more at: http://www.basicrights.org/?p=78