PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s a new battle in the fight over same-sex marriage in Oregon.
Local human rights groups are fighting an initiative that would give businesses the right to deny service to customers based on their sexual orientation.
A campaign called Oregon United Against Discrimination said the Oregon Family Council’s petition for a “Protect Religious Freedom” bill is discriminatory.
If passed by voters, the bill would allow businesses the right to refuse same sex weddings.
“Now we have this threat coming forward that really reminds us of 20 years of anti-gay ballot measures that we have seen in this state,” said Basic Rights Oregon spokeswoman Jeana Frazzini.
May 14, a judge will rule on Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban
Oregon Family Council has two months to gather 87,000 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.