Openly gay NBA veteran Jason Collins
will attend a kick-off event next month for a nascent Oregon gay
marriage group which includes several Republicans.
Freedom Oregon will help support a
ballot initiative which seeks to repeal the state's 2004
voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to
Oregonian reported that the group includes several
Republicans and is being organized by Elaine Franklin, the wife of
former Senator Bob Packwood, a Republican.
Franklin, who considers herself an
independent, said the group is “clearly fighting against the
national brand” of the Republican Party, which is officially
opposed to same-sex marriage. “But Oregon Republicans have done
this before,” she added.
Freedom Oregon will hold its kick-off
event in Portland on February 20 at the Cerulean Wine Bar.