All posts for the month March, 2014

Let’s make history in Oregon! Join us for a vigil before oral arguments.

In less than one month, on April 23, a federal judge will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit that would strike down our state’s marriage ban. Join us the night before the final arguments. Together, we’ll send a powerful message: Oregon is ready for marriage.
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Oregon’s 2014 Teacher of the Year speaks out against discrimination: “Don’t be a bully”

Brent Bigham, who was recently awarded Oregon's 2014 Teacher of the Year, is speaking out against the harmful discrimination measure that would make it legal for Oregon businesses to discriminate against someone based on who they are or who they love.

Campaign Manager Mike Marshall: Oregon’s Next Export? Discrimination

In his latest piece for HuffPo Gay Voices, our Campaign Manager Mike Marshall warns of the latest export that may come from Oregon -- in the form of a harmful ballot measure that would make it legal for businesses to discriminate against Oregonians because of who they are or who they love.

Attorney General Rosenblum files brief opposing Oregon’s marriage ban

On Tuesday, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a brief reiterating the state's strong opposition to Oregon's ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Attorney General Rosenblum sides with Oregon Unites for Marriage in ballot measure

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has settled a contentious debate over the title of the discriminatory ballot measure pushed by opponents of the freedom to marry that would rollback existing non-discrimination protections to allow individuals and businesses to refuse to provide services to same-sex couples on the grounds of "religious objections."
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The Oregonian: “Dorchester Conference a good step for Republicans”

In a recent editorial, The Oregonian cheered on Republicans at the annual Dorchester Conference for speaking out in favor for the freedom to marry, calling the vote this past weekend "a good step" for the party—particularly as they work to become more politically viable in upcoming elections.

Oregon GOP reps vote to support the freedom to marry

Republicans in Oregon held an annual convention this past weekend in Seaside, hosting conservative activists and elected officials alike. A major topic of discussion for the conference attendees was whether or not to support the freedom to marry in Oregon, with young activists arguing that not only is extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples the right thing to do – it’s the politically wise move as well.

Freedom Oregon Plays Key Role in Same-Sex Marriage Vote

The government can’t tell you who to love, and it shouldn’t tell you who to marry. That is the message Freedom Oregon leaders took to participants at the 50th Annual Dorchester Conference in Seaside this weekend. It resulted in the first-ever endorsement of marriage equality at a Republican-dominated gathering of Oregon political activists. The vote – 233 to 162 – sends an unmistakable message that marriage is not a partisan issue.
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President Obama speaks out against anti-LGBT discrimination bills

“Freedom is the ability to go into a store and a restaurant and know that you won't be refused service because of who you are or who you love.” That’s what President Obama said in a speech about recent efforts around the country to use “religious freedom” as a guise to allow discrimination against LGBT people.