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Gay marriage petition collects double signatures needed

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Gay marriage is one step closer to becoming legal in Oregon. Tuesday, supporters turned in 2,000 sponsorship signatures on the "freedom to marry and religious protection initiative" to the secretary of state's office. That's twice as many signatures as they needed.

The signatures come from 29 of Oregon's 36 counties.

Chief petitioner Jeana Frazzini says she's excited about the broad support the initiative is receiving. "People have been on a journey of understanding and coming to realize that whether you're gay or straight that people want to marry for similar reasons ... To make that lifetime commitment to care for one another in good times and bad and that's what marriage means to all of us."

The initiative would repeal Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. It would also protect the existing rights of churches and clergy to refuse to perform any marriage. The group is hoping to get the issue to voters in November 2014.

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