To images of a person carving into stone, narration says, "Some people want discrimination permanently written into the Oregon constitution. They designed Measure 13 to deny basic rights, like jobs and housing, to many hard working Oregonians. They claim Measure 13 will prevent 'special rights' but Oregon already prevents the special treatment of any group. So why does the OCA keep forcing this issue on us? It's because they want to carve their extremist views into our constitution. Defend everyone's basic rights, vote no on 13."
The OCA's measure is a repeat visitation of a similar earlier measure, Measure 9, as the group has repeatedly sought just the right language to win a victory against gay civil rights. The 2000 version of Measure 13 prohibited public schools from "encouraging, promoting or sanctioning homosexuality." Schools were to be prohibited from providing instruction -- ranging from sex education to counseling for individual students with questions about their sexual orientation -- in a manner that encourages, promotes or sanctions homosexuality or bisexuality.
The measure failed, as it has each time in the past, by a narrow margin, 52% to 48%.
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."