Oregon State has had an on & off again same sex marriage battle. We've had out-of-state court challenges, injunctions, and issues. At one point, one country continued to do same sex marriages, until the Court ordered them to stop, so at that point the county decided to stop issuing ANY marriage licenses for anybdy, because of the same sex marriage discrimination.The Oregon Supreme Court then ruled against same sex marriages, and declared null & void the 500+ same sex marriages they had issued. An anti gay marriage ballot measure passed in Nov 2004 (remember the Ntl distraction of that issue in the '04 election?) 57% to 43 %. The court refused to hear the Equal Privileges clause of the Oregon Constitution.In 2005, Oregon state senators passed a bill creating legal recognition for same-sex couples & it died in committee.In early 2007, a bill was introduced that adopted the term "domestic partnership". This bill passed both houses of the legislature and was signed into law on May 9, 2007 to take effect January 1, 2008. However a court challenge delayed its implementation until it could be resolved on February 1, 2008, and went into effect that day with registrations set to begin on February 4, 2008.Even the final court challenge was from people *outside* the State, and was not even about the measure itself, but how signatures were collected. Recognized domestic partnership protections & laws are better than nothing, but it is NOT equal rights. I find it hard to believe this is not already resolved in the 21st century. I hope California can soundly defeat this discriminatory measure.
It saddens me that we are here in 2008 still discussing if gay people should have the same rights as other people. In California we will be voting on Prop 8, which would overturn the right of gay people to get married. This kind of proposition should, in this millennium, not even be discussed. Everybody should have the right to marry whoever they want. We should not discriminate against any race, religion, or sexual orientation. By doing so, we have proven that there is no equality under the law in California - for anyone. http://alpascual.com/blog/al/archive/2008/11/01/going-to-vote-no-on-prop-8-evolution-will-eventually-take-over.aspxCheersAl
Albert::I hear you...I so agree..it's wrong...Love in all forms and people wanting to make a committment , there should be nothing to stand in the way.....committments should be honored and respected...and not judged....I think of in the 80's and 90's, with AIDS care and caring for neighbors... all the lovers I snuck in and out of hospitals and the insurance companies that so that caregivers that were sick were getting the help they needed at home....but mostly that when their loved ones died they were not treated like grieving spouses...FRAN:::I hope 8 years from now that this issue is resolved nationwide once and for all..and that Marriage For ALL people is finally allowed, respected and honored....and no longer clung to by the religous right as a weapon to judge and breed hate and decrimination...
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