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Lon Mabon's Ballot Initiatives Get Approved for Circulation

Just an update on Lon Mabon's two ballot initiatives for 2008. Both have just been approved by the Oregon Secretary of State for circulation. Meaning they can begin to gather signatures. Read below for information on these hateful attempts by Mabon and his ilk...

From our Feb. 1 Newsletter:
Just When You Thought He Was Done...

For all you who thought Lon Mabon had shuffled away with his tail between his legs and with what little was left of his dignity – we're sad to report that you were mistaken. Fresh out of jail, Lon Mabon is back on the scene and in the beginning stages of yet another hateful anti-GLBT rampage.

Here is the latest information. Mabon and his dwindling list of cohorts gathered last weekend for an "Oregon Citizens Alliance" Convention and are working on at least two initiatives for the 2008 ballot.

The first of the two measures - currently numbered IP 22 - would have far - reaching consequences placing unprecedented limits on free speech in Oregon.

The second - IP 23 - is deja vu all over again: a reprise of 2000's Measure 9.

In 2000, Ballot Measure 9 would have amended state statutes relating to public school instruction regarding homosexuality and bisexuality. The failed measure would have prohibited public schools from providing instruction on behaviors relating to homosexuality and bisexuality in a manner that "encourages, promotes or sanctions such behaviors". For purposes of the measure, "public schools" include public elementary schools, public secondary schools, community colleges, state colleges and state universities, and all state and local institutions that provide education for patients or inmates.

Now Mabon has a new "Measure 9," which is nearly the same as above but he has included the transgender community as a target as well.

The draft ballot title of this new proposed initiative, the so-called "Student Protection Act 2008", reads: "Prohibits Instruction At Public Schools (Including Colleges, Universities) That 'Approves,' 'Endorses' Homosexual, Bisexual, Transgendered Behavior".

The full measure text and all relevant information on the two proposed initiatives can be found here:
IP 22: "Public Decency Act": Amends Constitution, Makes Oregon Constitutional Guarantee Of Free Expression Of Opinion Inapplicable To Conduct Or Personal Behavior
IP 23: "Student Protection Act 2008"

We will continue to keep you up to date on new developments regarding Mabon and his ill-conceived plans.

-Bryan Boyd, BRO
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By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 06, 2007 3:01 PM

Lon Mabon is a very evil man. people should have the right to choose if they are gay or not. And half the time its not their falt. The cemicals in their body function in many diferent ways making them atrakted to the same sex. They might have to much cemical x or y in them.    

By Blogger Mitchell, at March 09, 2007 4:12 PM

Lon May-be-one back again.


This is why I am pissed at BRO. We are always playing defense. Why are we not circulating ballot initiatives that amend the State Constitution to no discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender?

Make them spend multi-millions DEFENDING the rational that the state must discriminate against a portion of the population. That fundamentally shifts the entire frame of the debate, but does BRO do this?

Nope. We are suppose to applaud and donate money top play defense. Not to mention todays lame table scraps on the steps in Salem:

"The civil unions legislation would extend to same-sex couples some of the same rights enjoyed by married couples."

Oh gee.. that warms the cockles of the heart. Blacks were extended some of the rights enjoyed by white. Jews were extended some of the rights enjoyed by gentiles.

What the part of equal rights do people NOT understand?

Even if Oregon CUs granted the exact same rights as marriage under Oregon law, because of DOMA and no Federal level rights or protections, it would STILL make same-gender couples unequal under the law.

Yet we are suppose to support an cheer for separate an unequal rights and table scraps?

This is the best BRO can do?    

By Anonymous Fozziebear, at March 11, 2007 3:07 PM

Oh good, someone finally went down to the basement and untied Lon. Hadn't heard from him in quite a while and I was beginning to worry.    

By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 13, 2007 4:06 PM

No matter what happens here, marriage or civil unions, it will not be recognized by the federal government do to DOMA. Until something happens on a Federal level, we are screwed.

At this point, civil unions are a step in the right direction.    

By Blogger jrq2, at April 18, 2007 8:09 PM

Mitchell, I have to agree with you that we should be more PRO active instead of always being RE active. I don't know if changing our states constitution is the way to proceed though. Thing is with the passage of these bills Oregon has taken a huge step. Can't we all be a little bit pumped and say YEAH! and go on from here!    

By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 26, 2007 5:12 PM

Whether you approve or disapprove of the homosexual lifestyle doesn't mean that you can alienate people. I believe Lons measure "Student Act" craps does just that. Kids have a terrible time as it is being themselves and trying to figure out who they are. So i guess what he wants is for people and kids to go into hidding? is he going to pay for the therapists these people see and the meds they will need because they are on anti-depresants.    

By Blogger Brian S Varley, MS, Salem, OR, at October 09, 2007 4:33 PM

Hey... Here is an idea.... How about we start a ballot measure with a variety of groups that says the following...............
"Civil rights, protections of the individual(s), may not be defined, redefined, limited, and/or in any way restricted by a ballot measure and/or the ballot measure process. Civil rights, for the purpose of this amendment to the Oregon Constitution include, but are not limited to, the following: free exercise of religion, free expression of opinion, free speech, security in person and house and effects, free of unreasonable search or seizure, justice without delay, right to fair and public trial by an impartial jury, freedom from twice jeopardy for the same offense, freedom from self incrimination, freedom from unnecessary rigor if arrested or confined in jail, right to bail except in murder or treason, punishment of crime shall be founded in reformation and not vindictive justice, free of excessive ball or excessive fines, free of cruel and unusual punishment, free of private property taken for public use without just compensation, freedom from imprisonment for debt except in case of fraud or absconding debtors, freedom any law granting privilege or immunity of any citizen or class over another, right to habeas corpus, freedom from corruption of blood or forfeiture of estate upon criminal conviction, freedom to peaceably assemble, freedom to redress grievances to the legislature, right to bear arms, freedom of any soldier quartering in any house without the owner's consent, freedom to immigrate from the state, freedom of tax and duty without the consent of the people or their representatives in the legislative assembly, enumeration of rights and privileges shall not be construed to impair or deny others retained by the people, freedom of slavery, freedom involuntary servitude except as the result of a duly conviction of a crime, and any other freedoms, rights, expressions, or guarantees listed in the bill of rights or other areas in the Oregon Constitution." Well, may something like that might work... I find I am just a little tired of having ballot measures attacking civil rights... It is an outrage!!!!!! Peace, Brian S. Varley    

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