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