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Oregon's Senate Bill 2, The Oregon Equality Act, Passes in Senate Concurrence VoteSalem-News.com
A law to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity passes final hurdle in the Oregon Legislature by a vote of 19-7.
(SALEM) - The Oregon Equality Act, Senate Bill 2, passed the Oregon Senate 19-7 today at 11:00 AM. Today's vote was a concurrence vote based on an amendment to the religious exemption that simply clarified the exemption.
Senate Bill 2 had previously passed the Senate by a vote of 21-7. All Senators present for today's vote that had previously voted yes, maintained their support.
"It's a proud day for the Oregon Senate and for all Oregonians. Senate Bill 2, which will end legal discrimination based on sexual orientation, is finally on its way to the Governor's desk for his signature. We look forward to addressing House Bill 2007 in the coming weeks, which will grant important rights and responsibilities to same-sex couples and their families through Domestic Partnerships," said Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown (D - Portland).
Immediately following the vote, Senator Brad Avakian (D - Beaverton) said, "Today, after 34 years, the Oregon Senate put an end to a great injustice. The Oregon Equality Act is good public policy that will protect all Oregonians from needless discrimination. I am gratified to have been a part of this historic effort."
Governor Kulongoski has expressed unequivocal support for SB 2, and is expected to sign it.
The second part of the Basic Fairness legislation, The Oregon Family Fairness Act (HB 2007) is expected to have its hearing in the Oregon Senate shortly. The Oregon Family Fairness Act would create Domestic Partnership for same-sex couples and would grant important rights, responsibilities and protections to same-sex couples and their families--similar to those that are currently only available through a marriage contract in Oregon.
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