A majority of Oregonians say that voters, not a lone judge, should decide the fate of marriage in Oregon. Fifty-two percent of adults surveyed say the issue of marriage should go back before the Oregon voters. KATU.com reported:
About 52 percent of the 600 adults surveyed said voters should vote on the issue while 45 percent said the issue has been decided.
On Monday, a federal judge struck down a 2004 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in Oregon.
In the same poll, 66 percent said a judge should not have the right to “in general” overturn the will of voters.
More specifically, pollsters asked whether a judge has the right to overturn the voters’ will on the same-sex marriage issue. In that case, 64 percent said no – a judge does not have that right.
Judge Michael McShane's ruling to redefine marriage has drawn harsh criticism from opponents of judicial activism and has strengthened the zeal of marriage supporters to continue fighting for the right of every child to be raised by a mother and a father.
Teresa Harke of the Oregon Family Council noted, "Hundreds of thousands of Oregonians have been ignored in this entire process."