Oregon Republicans Endorse Gay Marriage

at the Gay Pride Parade along 5th Ave. in New York, NY Sunday, June 29, 2008.(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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Republicans at a Oregon political conference voted by a 2-to-1 margin this weekend to endorse gay marriage.

The Oregonian reported that Republican attendees at the Dorchester Conference, an annual political organizing event, voted 233-162 in favor of a measure legalizing gay marriage in Oregon that will appear on the November ballot.

The result might be a little skewed: Social conservatives boycotted the event, which has a history of taking more liberal stances, according to the newspaper. But it still demonstrates the growing GOP division over the issue.

“I believe this is a wedge issue that forces young people into the Democratic Party’s hands,” Jacob Vandever, a Republican legislative candidate who voted for the measure, told The Oregonian.

Same-sex marriages are currently prohibited under the Oregon constitution. The proposed ballot measure would amend the constitution to recognize them.