Oregon tweaks DP law

365Gay.com
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]

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Ore. Gay Rights Backers Eye 2012 Marriage Vote

Associated Press/USA Today
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]

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Only one-fifth of Oregon’s same-sex couples opt for union

The Oregonian
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]

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Ashland church to perform gay marriages Saturday

KDRV
January 9, 2009
A church in Ashland, Ore., will begin performing marriage ceremonies for gay couples and simultaneously stop signing marriages licenses for anyone -- gay or straight -- until the state's ban on marriage equality is lifted. [Link]

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Newspaper changes birth policy

The Register-Guard
December 10, 2008
The Eugene Register-Guard reported that it will begin publishing names of same-sex couples in the birth announcements section, a policy the paper has refused to adopt in the past. [Link]

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New tribal law allows couple to plan wedding

The Register-Guard
August 21, 2008
Shannon Minter, an attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said the implications for sovereignty are probably limited, because the federal government has the legal right to deny recognition to same-sex couples' marriages under the Federal Defense of Marriage Act passed by Congress in 1996. [Link]

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Marriage equality in Oregon? Tribe says yes

The Oregonian
August 20, 2008
As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the Coquilles tribe is not bound by the Oregon's Constitution. The tribe recently adopted a law that recognizes same-sex marriage and extends to gay and lesbian partners, at least one of whom must be a Coquille, all tribal benefits of marriage. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Signing Up for Equality

The Oregonian
August 18, 2008
The Oregonian's editorial board writes that had the 9th Circuit court's judges not overturned a challenge to Ore.'s domestic partnership law, they would have "shredded the will of the majority." [Link]

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Appeals court nixes threat to Oregon gay rights law

365Gay.com
August 14, 2008
A Federal Appeals Court on Thursday turned down a proposed ballot measure that would end Oregon’s domestic partner law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury did not err when he determined a conservative group had failed to gather enough signatures to place a repeal on the November ballot. [Link]

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Challenge to partnership law in Oregon rejected

Associated Press
August 14, 2008
A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to the Oregon domestic-partnership law approved by the Legislature last year. (Link)

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