An Oregon petition drive to put the issue of gay marriage before voters next year surpassed its initial goal of 10,000 signatures in 3 days.

More than 1,000 volunteers manned booths in cities and town throughout Oregon this weekend. Organizers hoped to collect the first 10,000 valid signatures of the 116,284 needed to quality for the 2014 ballot.

According to a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) blog post, Oregon United for Marriage surpassed its goal.

If successful, the referendum would reverse the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples and Oregon would make history as the first state to do so.

Oregon, which currently recognizes gay and lesbian couples with domestic partnerships, is not the only state considering repeal. Efforts are also underway in Michigan, Ohio, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. In all instances except Nevada, citizen initiatives are being used to put the issue on the ballot.

Opponents have previously said that they will defend the amendment.

“This isn't about restricting or trying to keep other people out of it,” said Teresa Harke, spokeswoman for Protect Marriage Oregon, which opposes marriage equality. “It's about respecting what marriage is – a separate union that deserves its own name.”