Supporters of gay marriage in Oregon buoyed by Tuesday's returns say they might return the issue to the ballot box in 2014.

Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state on election night approved marriage equality, and Minnesotans rejected an effort to ban it.

Activists in Oregon decided last year to sit out 2012, saying the timing was not right.

Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, the state's largest gay rights advocate, said Wednesday that the historic wins would help Oregon in two years.

“This has unfolded exactly as it should,” she told The Oregonian. “I am more confident than ever that we will be the first state to overturn a constitutional ban on marriage” for gay couples.

Frazzini also told the paper that her group is “likely” to back a 2014 campaign to repeal the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union.

But the effort might wait a little longer if activists take pollster Tim Hibbits' advice.

“They will definitely do better in a high turnout election, because it would bring out younger voters who are more comfortable with gay marriage,” he said. “They would have a chance in 2014, but it's a much dicier proposition for them because of the turnout mix.”

Since 2007, Oregon has recognized gay couples with domestic partnerships.