Oregonians voted in favor of Measure 36 on Tuesday night. The measure outlaws gay marriage. Gay marriage was pushed to the forefront of the political agenda by Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) and their call for the legalization of gay marriage in Multnomah County. It now appears that BRO and the Multnomah County Commissioners took a chance that in the end failed in a miserable way and set-back the cause of civil rights for gays and lesbians. I applauded their decision then and now see what an ill-thought out plan it was. Some people should loose their jobs over this and others might consider not running for public office again. This was a colossal failure and those involved should be held accountable. The ballot measure was supported by conservative evangelical Christians and opposed by religious bodies like the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ.