Q. Would gay and lesbian couples receive meaningful benefits by redefining marriage?

A. No. In 2007 the Oregon Legislature passed SB2 and HB 2007, domestic partnerships laws which outlaw discrimination and grants same-sex couples the same state benefits afforded to married couples.

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Q. Isn’t it discrimination to deny marriage to gays and lesbians?

A. No. Every person- male or female- is treated equally under current marriage laws. These laws forbid marrying close kin, people under a certain age and a person of the same sex. The reason marriage is limited to one man and one woman is because of the likelihood of producing children. One of the vital purposes for marriage laws is to help establish a lifelong bond between parents and their children. A same-sex couple cannot produce a child.

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Q. How does being homosexual affect a person’s ability to parent?

A. Decades of social research have documented the increased benefits children derive when raised by both a mother and father. Moms and dads each bring unique dynamics to the raising of children. Obviously, homosexuals can be loving parents. But having two mothers or two fathers doesn’t provide children the same benefits of having both a mom and a dad.

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Q. How would redefining marriage affect the education of children?

A. In Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal, beginning in kindergarten children are taught that gay marriage and heterosexual marriage are equal. Parents do not have the right to be notified of such instruction, nor can they have their children opted out.

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Q. How would redefining marriage affect religious liberties?

A. Real-life examples include individuals losing their jobs, being denied access to government benefits and educational opportunities because of their religious beliefs that God intended marriage to be between a man and woman. On a larger scale, religious organizations such as those working in adoption and education have been forced to abandon their work or violate their beliefs. One ministry had its tax-exempt status stripped for refusing to solemnify a same-sex marriage.

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Q. How many gays and lesbian couples are there in Oregon?

A. According to the 2010 US Census Bureau, less than 1% of Oregon households consist of same-sex couples. And research from other states indicates most of these would choose not to marry.

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