(KOIN) – A group hoping to collect enough signatures to put the issue of same-sex marriage before Oregon voters announced Tuesday that it is nearly a third of the way to its goal.
The Oregon United for Marriage Coalition reported that it collected 37,211 signatures in the first 10 days of the statewide campaign, which began July 26. The Freedom to Marry Initiative needs 116,284 valid signatures by July of 2014 to make it on the November 2014 ballot.
Hundreds of volunteers in dozens of cities have taken part in the movement. The coalition reported that its original goal was 10,000 signatures in 10 days.
In 2004, voters by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent voted to amend the Oregon constitution to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Since then, same-sex marriage has become legal in neighboring California and Washington. Organizers hope that's a sign that Oregonians are ready to reverse the ban.
-- The Associated Press contributed information to this report.
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