Top Oregon Republicans gathering at this weekend's Dorchester Conference for the first time endorsed gay marriage.

The annual gathering celebrated its fiftieth anniversary this weekend with passage of a resolution in favor of repealing Oregon's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment which limits marriage to heterosexual unions.

Attendees overwhelmingly (233 to 162) approved the resolution on Saturday.

Applauding the vote was Dan Occhipinti of Freedom Oregon, a Republican group formed earlier this year which supports repeal of the state's ban.

(Related: Jason Collins to help inaugurate GOP-inclusive Oregon gay marriage group.)

“The freedom to marry is consistent with the Republican values of freedom, commitment and personal responsibility,” Occhipinti, a Portland attorney, said in a statement. “If you can pay taxes and fight for your country, you should be able to marry the person you love.”

Marriage equality advocates in Oregon have suspended a campaign to put the issue on the November ballot pending a ruling before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – which has jurisdiction over Oregon – in a case challenging a similar ban in Nevada.

(Related: Oregon gay marriage group suspends ballot campaign.)