Language of Ballot Measure

October 21, 1992 1 min read

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

Paragraph 1. The Constitution of the State of Oregon is amended by creating a new section to be added to and made a part of Article 1 and to read:

Section 41 (1) This state shall not recognize any categorical provision such as “sexual orientation,’' “sexual preference,’' and similar phrases that includes homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism, or masochism. Quotas, minority status, affirmative action, or any similar concepts, shall not apply to these forms of conduct nor shall government promote these behaviors.

(2) State, regional, and local governments and their properties and monies shall not be used to promote, encourage, or facilitate homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism, or masochism.

(3) State, regional, and local governments and their departments, agencies, and other entities, including specifically the State Department of Higher Education and the public schools, shall assist in setting a standard for Oregon’s youth that recognizes homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism, and masochism as abnormal, wrong, unnatural, and perverse and that these behaviors are to be discouraged and avoided.

(4) It shall be considered that it is the intent of the people in enacting this section that if any part thereof is held unconstitutional, the remaining parts shall be held in force.

A version of this article appeared in the October 21, 1992 edition of Education Week as Language of Ballot Measure