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Court Allows Oregon Anti-Gay Rights Vote

September 03, 1994| Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. — An anti-gay rights measure will be on Oregon's ballot in November after a court challenge failed.

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously reversed a lower court's decision that the proposal unconstitutionally contains more than one subject. Opponents of the measure decided not to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

"On to the campaign," said Lon Mabon, chairman of the Oregon Citizens Alliance, which sponsored the measure.

The initiative is a revised version of a more harshly worded measure defeated by Oregon voters in 1992.

It would forbid spending public money in any way that promotes or expresses approval of homosexuality. It would also outlaw teaching children that homosexuality is a classification similar to race, religion, sex, age or national origin, and it would allow adults-only access to library books on homosexuality.

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