Postedon Oct 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm
October 28, 2009
One of Freedom to Marry's Voices for Equality, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), celebrates the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act: "... in the dance of legislation, sometimes the harder, more controversial measures have as their champions not members of the House or Senate, but eloquent, determined, focused and ultimately victorious people from the community who refuse to give up. [Link]
Postedon Oct 29, 2009 at 08:08 pm
October 28, 2009
The Human Dignity Coalition announces a talk by Evan Wolfson, named by Time Magazine as "one of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the world." "He will give us all the confidence to speak about why marriage matters so that we can begin having crucial conversations...neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend."
7 p.m. Tuesday, November 3
Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Avenue
385-3320 or http://www.humandignitycoalition.org/.
Postedon Oct 07, 2009 at 08:06 am
October 6, 2009
Already six states embrace the freedom to marry. Will Oregon be next? How can we win marriage for same-sex couples in Oregon, and how long will it take?
Winning the Freedom to Marry: How Oregon Can Lead the Nation
A discussion with the nation's top advocate for marriage equality, Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry.
Monday, November 2
SEIU Local 49
3536 SE 26th Ave.
Portland, OR 9720
Tuesday, November 3
Old Stone Church in Bend
157 NW Franklin Ave.
Light refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, November 4
Eugene Public Library
100 W 10th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401
Thank you to the following co-sponsors: Basic Rights Oregon Education Fund, Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of Central Oregon, Human Dignity Advocates of Crook County, GLBTbend.com, PFLAG Central Oregon, Human Dignity Coalition & Spice Trader Records
For more information, contact: www.aclu-or.org
Postedon Jul 29, 2009 at 08:27 pm
July 29, 2009
BRO Press Release: To win public support for the freedom to marry, we need to open up a real dialogue with Oregonians. This means talking to people face-to-face, and explaining why marriage matters to committed gay and lesbian couples. [Link]
Postedon Jun 28, 2009 at 09:35 pm
June 28, 2009
Many have said that, because a majority voted to approve Proposition 8 in California, nothing more is needed. Not quite. In 1922 Oregon voters passed a measure outlawing Catholic parochial schools. The measure was struck down as unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1925. Constitutions are sets of standards below which we cannot allow ourselves to go, even if a majority votes for it. Oregon has since passed statutes prohibiting "discrimination because of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, or age" in employment and housing. These statutes are sensible laws protecting minorities from the majority. [Link]
Postedon Jun 14, 2009 at 11:32 pm
May 21, 2009
A Coquille Indian Tribe law allowing marriage equality took effect on Wednesday, May 20, 2009. The law recognizes the freedom to marry and extends to gay and lesbian partners, at least one of whom must be Coquille, all tribal benefits of marriage. Neither Washington nor Oregon have legalized marriage equality, but as a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon Constitution. [Link]
Postedon Apr 28, 2009 at 04:24 pm
April 28, 2009
A growing number of same-sex couples have complained the law was cobbled together and ended up causing problems. "Oregon's domestic partnership system creates a patchwork of protections for committed same-sex couples," said Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon. There are three main revisions to the law. [Link]
Postedon Apr 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm
April 10, 2009
Basic Rights Oregon announced Thursday that the organization plans to launch an effort to overturn Ore.'s 2004 constitutional ban on marriage equality in 2012 or later. [Link]
Postedon Feb 11, 2009 at 12:40 pm
February 3, 2009
Todd Simmons, 46, of Eugene, a communications director for Oregon State University, said he and his partner of 13 years went through a marriage ceremony in Florida in 1997 that they consider the primary commemorative event for their relationship. They've taken legal steps to combine finances and property but have not felt compelled to register as domestic partners.Now that they are adopting two foster boys, they expect to register, he said. But it's no mystery, he said, that more couples have not registered. "You're talking about asking people to voluntarily step into something that has been the subject of repeal efforts and terrible statements from public officials and ad campaigns," Simmons said. [Link]