In Oregon, Measure 36 – the same-sex marriage ban – was, we were told, not about denying rights to lesbians and gays. It was about “protecting marriage.”
“Same-sex couples should seek marriage-like rights through another avenue, such as civil unions.”
“Oregon’s measure was written specifically not to address civil unions.”
–Tim Nashif, Oregon Family Council Director and an organizer of the Measure 36 campaign
By claiming not to be against civil unions, the organizers of the same-sex marriage ban demonstrated (or tried to demonstrate, anyway) that they weren’t actually opposed to legal rights for same-sex couples.
Now that same-sex marriage is banned in the Constitution and the legislature is considering Civil Unions, however, suddenly their claims have changed:
“We would be against any measure that takes all the benefits of marriage and then calls it something else. We don’t think Oregonians had that in mind when they passed Measure 36.”
“SB 1000 takes everything that marriage is and calls it civil unions.”
–Tim Nashif, Oregon Family Council Director
“Please understand there is no greater threat to marriage right now than civil unions.”
–Oregon Family Council Communications Director Nick Graham
Typical sleazy hate tactics – but you can bet that Oregon’s “liberal” press will let them get away with it. Track the Lies has more examples.