Gay marriage activists in Oregon have decided against an effort to put the state's gay marriage ban up for a vote next year, The Oregonian reported.

Basic Rights Oregon announced Wednesday that it would not pursue the effort because “we don't yet have the kind of consensus that would indicate a reasonable expectation of success,” said Jeana Frazzini, the group's executive director.

The group had held several town hall style meetings and had conducted an online survey on the issue before deciding on whether to move forward.

Frazzini also said the weak economy would make it difficult to raise the estimated $5 to $10 million campaign price tag.

“There is just too much at stake here,” she said. “Folks are up for the challenge but want to have a sense that it is winnable.”

Voters in the state approved the gay marriage ban in 2004.

Three years later, the Legislature approved domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples, which have been expanded to provide all the protections of marriage.