Opponents of gay-rights laws abandon repeal effort

The Oregonian
June 17, 2008
In Oregon, opponents of two gay-rights laws say they won't be able to get anti-gay repeal initiatives on the state's November ballot because they could not collect enough signatures. (Link)

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Oregon’s Domestic Partnership Law Runs into Murky Waters

Portland Mercury
February 21, 2008
When Sally Sparks and her partner, Heather Dugas, registered as domestic partners at the Multnomah County Building the day the new state law took effect on February 4, Sparks was overdue with their second child...The law took effect in time for their son's birth, but the women still ran into red tape. Instead of noting Dugas' name on the birth certificate forms—which had not changed to reflect the new law, and only had spaces for a mother and father—a clerk at Providence St. Vincent Family Maternity Center handed her a separate form. Marked "For informational purposes only. This is not a legal document," the form has spaces for info on the child, mother, and partner. [link]

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Same-Sex Pairs Make it Legal

The Oregonian
February 5, 2008
After a judge ruled against a hold in Oregon on domestic partnerships which the legislature passed in 2006, 300 couples registered the first day; Williams Institute says the state can anticipate 4,500 registrations over the next three years. [link]

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‘We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’

Mail Tribune
February 3, 2008
When they fell in love 29 years ago, they were afraid to hold hands in public, worried that their relationship could prompt the loss of their jobs or even physical violence against them. But on Monday, Fanda Bender and Sheila Gam of Talent plan to register as domestic partners, part of what they hope will be a wave of gay and lesbian couples around the state acting on a state law and federal court decision that cleared the way for such partnerships. "We've come a long way, baby," Bender said. [link]

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BLOG: Oregonians for relationship equality, straight up

Loaded Orygun
July 11, 2007
There are a lot of us, more than you may think—all believing that if some of us are still held back, then the fight for liberty is not over. We know that families come in all varieties and it is our strong belief that ALL Oregon families deserve to have the rights, responsibilities and protections necessary to keep each other safe in times of crisis. [link]

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BLOG: It’s official: OR gov signs civil unions, anti-discrimination

Daily Kos
May 9, 2007
Hooray! It ain't marriage and it ain't portable, but if you're gay and one of you lives in Oregon, now at least you can get most of the same STATE rights and benefits as married couples routinely do...and that's a great thing. A long time coming, and another reminder that ELECTIONS MATTER. These bills died in 2005 despite a Dem-led Senate and Governor's mansion; the House was still led by the GOP. In 2006 control flipped and—like magic, NOT!—now suddenly they are law. [link]

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BLOG: Making the case for gay and lesbian families

BlueOregon
April 17, 2007
Previously, the Oregon Family Council had been pushing to amend HB 2007 to add "reciprocal benefits" for other kinds of domestic partnerships that would not be eligible for marriage — for example, sisters jointly operating a household. I wasn't aware that there were so many two-sister households pushing for domestic partnership status in Oregon. Did they ask OFC to advocate for them? As I wanted clarification, I called OFC for an explanation — are you against this bill, or do you just want it amended? Is the amendment bona fide, or just for a dilatory purpose? [link]

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Lawmakers debating civil unions, marriage across U.S.

Washington Blade
March 9, 2007

Evan Wolfson said civil union advocates in Oregon did well to counter an anti-gay amendment with an assertive plan. "They boldly declared that they intend to get marriage, and intend to get there by way of what's available now, which is civil unions, and will not allow that to be a stopping point," he said.
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OPINION: Freedom to Marry Week call to action by mayor of Eugene, OR

The Register-Guard
February 14, 2007
The mayor of Eugene, OR, writes, "This week, I hope the people of Eugene will join me in honoring Freedom to Marry Week, in recognition of the desire of all committed couples, gay or straight, to have their relationships recognized — not in a symbolic way, but in all ways legal, spiritual and philosophical." [link]

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OPINION: Left out of the dream

The Register-Guard
January 21, 2007
"He passed away a few months later. The following day, I got a phone call regarding his cremation. 'We can't allow you to authorize it,' the person at the funeral home informed me. 'You're not officially family.' So on one of the worst days of my life, I drove across town to his mother, who signed the paper that nine years of love and devotion didn't entitle me to sign." [link]

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