Obama Administration Stops Justice Department From Defending Federal Gay Marriage Ban

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 Remember when U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said a couple years ago that his 1996 vote for the federal Defense of Marriage Act was the worst vote of his congressional career?Turns out the Obama administration now thinks lawmakers like Blumenauer were on to something when they realized the federal act (better known as DOMA) against same-sex marriage rights was a bad idea. The administration ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 HANK STERN

One Year-End List Worth Reading


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 HANK STERN

What Washington And Maine Election Results Mean For Same-Sex Marriage in Oregon


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Last night's election results in Maine and Washington left Basic Rights Oregon executive director Jeana Frazzini stressing this morning that she's a "half-glass-full" kind of person. "If I weren't, I couldn't do social justice work," Frazzini said. The quickie "half-glass-full" summary of yesterday's election when it comes to gay rights is that Maine voters overturned gay marriage in their ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 HANK STERN

New Location For Evan Wolfson's Speech Tonight


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Tonight's kickoff of Basic Rights Oregon's campaign to get Measure 36 overturned by state voters in 2012 has a new location. The kickoff event featuring Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson has been moved to PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union in the Vanport Room (#338) at 6 pm. Based on what Wolfson told WW in this week's paper, it should be a worthwhile event. UPDATE: I forgot to include in ...   More
 
Monday, November 2, 2009 HANK STERN

Judge Overturns California's Proposition 8 (UPDATED with Basic Rights Oregon comment)


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Evan Wolfson and supporters in Oregon of marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples have reason to celebrate today. A federal judge in San Francisco has struck down California's Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure in that state banning same-sex marriage. UPDATE: Basic Rights Oregon executive director Jeana Frazzini linked the decision to what she hopes is a push in Oregon ultimately ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 HANK STERN

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