Gay Marriage Signature Gathering Off To Rapid Start

By Chris Lehman

Gay rights advocates say their campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon is off to a more rapid start than expected. Backers of the effort said Tuesday that they've gathered more than 42,000 signatures in just over two weeks.

The campaign is relying heavily on volunteers, who are aided in part by this catchy video that outlines the basic rules of collecting names. Such as, voters must sign with a pen.

Voice on video: "No pencils, no invisible ink, no barbecue sauce, and no erasers."

They'll need about 116,000 valid signatures but they have until next July to turn them all in. That’s a very reachable goal, says Peter Zuckerman. He’s the spokesperson for Oregon United for Marriage.

Peter Zuckerman: "The amount of support and enthusiasm for this is incredible."

The swift kick-off to the campaign could foreshadow a spirited public debate if the petition does make it to the ballot. Oregon voters banned same-sex marriage in 2004. One of the groups behind that effort, the Oregon Family Council, promises to oppose the current attempt to overturn it.

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