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Same-Sex Unions a Step Away From Reality in Oregon

The Oregon Family Fairness Act passes in the Oregon House.
Photo by: Tim King

(SALEM) - In what will be remembered as a historic decision, the Oregon House has voted to pass the Oregon Family Fairness Act (House Bill 2007) that will allow gay marriage in Oregon.

Bryan Boyd with Basic Rights Oregon, says it is the day they have waited many years for.

"This is absolutely fantastic, the day we were waiting for for a number of years." House Bill 2007 still has to go back to Senate, but Boyd says they are "feel very confident" of Senate passage.

The Oregon Family Fairness Act: HB 2007 would create a new statute in Oregon law that would legally recognize committed same-sex relationships as Domestic Partnerships. HB 2007 would grant same-sex couples a limited set of vital protections, rights and responsibilities to keep them and their families safe in times of crisis.

Supporters of Senate Bill 2, the Oregon Equality Act, are still waiting for an answer from the House. 34 years in the making, SB 2 is a comprehensive, statewide non-discrimination bill that would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation, on the basis of sexual orientation in Oregon.

Boyd says the opposition has pledged to bring both bills via referendum in 2008.

He says it all comes down to this; "We believe the majority of Oregonians are against discrimination."

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Bush It April 19, 2007 8:08 am (Pacific time)

The only reason I use a nom de plume is because I have been stalked in one way or another for giving my truthful opinion. Since I am not a public person, I do not get any acknowledgment or special protection and even more importantly can do without the time wasted getting rid of obsessive predators. As a matter of fact, I control myself here because it is a monitored site. I have said truthful things to people that have done nothing short of putting them in the psyche ward. I only attack cruel people. I give cruel to the cruel and truth with kindness to the ignorant. I try. Rosie O'Donnell now has extra security guards. I do not have her money. I did try once to hire guards for protection from corrupt police but the security companies hire flunkie and retired cops, so it was quite difficult to get a legal goon. I can take care of myself otherwise and have, even without a gun.

Hank Ruark April 19, 2007 6:55 am (Pacific time)

To all: Would you actually say allathis if you were face-to-face with the other person ? That's solid-psych test for what you I learned the hard way, long ago, on the print-side...and had beaten into skull (almost actually) via radio later, then came TV with allasame face-to-face, but with viewers !! Try can really help. English can be very strong even when non-abusive...

Bush April 18, 2007 1:35 pm (Pacific time)

You're a sick puppy.

Catherine Harris April 17, 2007 1:02 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks D.V.

Bush It April 17, 2007 1:02 pm (Pacific time)

Know it is not the aberants. It is Sooth, Sayer, Marx, Murphy, Bush, should I continue with the other handles. You are a consummate moron. Weren't you told to go and play with your G.I. Joe, have a beer and fantasize about your imagined gardner? You are aberrant because of you unusually low I.Q. Go sleep with a man and get over you suppressed homosexual impulses....try the athletic type first, then try your fantasy about a military fantasy....the Captain orders you to.....this way you don't have to have these obsessions about what you really want.

DV April 17, 2007 12:54 pm (Pacific time)

Yes we sure let the democrats know where we stand during the last election didn't we.

Bush April 17, 2007 12:50 pm (Pacific time)

The voters will have the final say in this matter. The democrats simply ignore the will (see voting records this area) of the people. The 2008 election will have a major sea change on both a state and national level. Our laws and taxes should not be allocated for those people who adversely impact the folkways, norms and values of the voter. This is Tyrrany of the Aberrants!

Good Parents Know No Orientation April 17, 2007 12:03 pm (Pacific time)

Over 50 percent of the households in the U.S. are single parent. So what is the big deal? Also, this does not give total protection like inheritance of Social Security benefits. This has to be done at the Federal level. As I have said before...I personally would have been better off being raised by two men or two women who were stable and really wanted me than the two selfish, destructive parents that I had.

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