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Oregon may vote on marriage equality in 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Basic Rights Oregon said today that it will launch on Valentine's Day a marriage petition drive that would be placed on the 2004 ballot.

After meeting on Sunday to discuss options, Basic Rights Oregon said the momentum is in favor marriage equality. The lastest poll, taken in December by Public Policy Polling, showed the Oregon voters supported same-sex marriage 54% to 40%.

Oregon is one of 29 states that have approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But neighboring Washington overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage in November, along with Maine and Maryland. Illinois and Rhode Island are in the process of voting on marriage-equality bills.

Despite the constitutional ban, Oregon has allowed civil unions since 2007.

Basic Rights Oregon, which will run the campaign as Oregon United for Marriage, will need to collect at least 116,000 valid signatures.