To my great astonishment and total dismay, on Nov. 2, 2004, Oregonians made a dreadful mistake and passed Proposition 36, which authorized our state government to stomp on our civil rights. Fortunately, this is one mistake that can be corrected, and it is high time to do so.

Prohibiting same sex marriage violates everyone’s civil rights. It is blatantly discriminatory, offensive, exclusionary, disrespectful, demeaning and inhumane. While Oregon’s domestic partnership laws do afford certain important protections, partial equality is never equality; “separate but equal” is never equal.

And by the way, the counterargument that marriage equality somehow threatens religious institutions (or anything else, for that matter) is simply baseless fear mongering. More Oregonians than not now support marriage equality.

I strongly urge you to sign the petition to put the Freedom to Marry and Religion Protection Initiative on the Nov. 14 ballot.

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