A teacher, Barbara Culpepper, of Woodrow Wilson High School, addresses the camera: "I've been teaching in Oregon schools for 20 years. I've seen many things. But I've never seen anyone promote homosexuality -- it doesn't happen. What we do promote are Oregon values, like tolerance and respect for everybody. And we teach AIDS prevention so kids stay healthy. But Measure 9 would prohibit AIDS education and take decisions about teaching away from parents, teachers and schools. Measure 9 is dangerous to children and wrong for schools. Please vote no on 9."
The anti-gay Oregon Citizens Alliance measure is the fourth effort since 1992, a repeat visitation of a similar earlier measure of the same name, as the group has repeatedly sought just the right language to win a victory against gay civil rights.
The measure failed, as it has each time in the past, by a narrow margin.
The OCA scored its first big victory in 1988 when it won voter approval for a measure repealing the governor's executive order granting gays and lesbians protections from employment discrimination. The group then followed with Measure 9 in 1992 and 1994's Measure 13, both which would have banned the government from using public dollars to "promote or sanction homosexuality."