PORTLAND -- A campaign to allow businesses an exemption to Oregon's anti-discrimination law is moving forward.

The initiative petition seeks an exemption that would allow businesses to refuse to participate in same-sex commitment ceremonies.

The initiative joins legislation that has been proposed in at least 10 other states.

Most of the proposals withered and died under a national outcry that they would legalize discrimination. The Oregon Supreme Court approved the final ballot language for the petition on Thursday.

The petition comes after a suburban Portland bakery refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding due to the bakery owners' religious beliefs.

A similar situation in Denver resulted in an administrative law judge ruling that the bakery had violated Colorado law by refusing to serve a gay couple.

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