A resolution calling for the legalization of gay marriage won the approval of the Oregon State University's student government last week.

According to the Gazette-Times, the non-binding resolution opposes the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Oregon's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment, both of which define marriage as a heterosexual union.

The resolution also states that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marriage.

OSU House Rep. Brad Alvarez, a junior majoring in finance and economics, told the paper that President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of equal marriage rights had prompted him to write the resolution.

β€œIt's a growing trend of acceptance and realization that this is a right, and this is something that will happen in the U.S.,” Alvarez said.

He added that he hopes the resolution will influence additional state and national lawmakers to support marriage equality.

According to a poll conducted last June, a large majority of Oregon voters support legal recognition of the relationships of gay couples with either marriage (43%) or civil unions (33%). Twenty-two percent said they favor no legal recognition.

Gay marriage activists in November decided against an effort to put the state's gay marriage ban up to a popular vote in 2012.