Measure 36

Explanatory Statement

Ballot Measure 36 amends the Oregon Constitution to declare that the policy of the State of Oregon and its political subdivisions is that "only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or legally recognized as a marriage."

Under state statutes, a marriage is a civil contract entered into by a male and a female who solemnize the marriage by declaring "that they take each other to be husband and wife." There is ongoing litigation concerning whether the current marriage statutes are valid under the Oregon Constitution. Ballot Measure 36 adds to the Oregon Constitution a statement of policy that only a marriage between one man and one woman is valid or legally recognized as a marriage.

Committee Members / Appointed by
Kelly Clark / Chief Petitioners
Tim Nashif / Chief Petitioners
Roger Gray / Secretary of State
Maura Roche / Secretary of State
Kathleen Beaufait / Members of the Committee

(This committee was appointed to provide an impartial explanation of the ballot measure pursuant to ORS 251.215.)