St. Mary’s Academy backs away from firing a gay employee. Will other Catholic schools offer workplace protections?
The botched firing of a gay staffer by St. Mary’s Academy could have the unintended consequence of creating greater workplace protections for LGBT employees at Catholic schools across Portland. Last
"This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation."
Food & Drink
Well, it's officially official.According to the final ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa broke state law when it refused to serve a cake to a lesbian couple in February 2013, and owners Aaron and Melissa Klein must pay $135,000 to the victims of their discrimination. In a strongly worded final order, BOLI writes:“This case is not about ...
Portlanders gathered Friday in Terry Shrunk Plaza downtown at noon to celebrate today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. The rally, sponsored by Basic Rights Oregon, brought together young and old who celebrated with signs, tears and hugs. All images Emily Volpert.Gail Owen and her friend Patricia Keeney celebrating the decision today.Partners Paul ...
When Lanny Swerdlow opened Portland’s
only all-ages gay nightclub back in the late ’70s, he figured he was
doing the city a favor. The only place for young gay people to
congregate at the ti
The same-sex couple refused service by a Broadway Cab driver last July are now suing him and the taxi company for $38,000. In a suit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Thursday, Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll say Ahmed Egal intentionally caused them emotional distress and held them under false arrest, and that Broadway Cab is guilty of negligence. In March, the City of Portland dismissed a $1,000 ...
The fight over “curing” homosexuality is the front lines of upcoming gay-rights battles.
Dean Greer says he doesn’t have sex with men anymore.
He is married, has a
son and is devout in his faith in Jesus. But Greer says he is not cured
from an affliction he calls “same-sex attra
Restaurant was a haven for activists, vegans, LGBT community
Food & Drink
East Burnside's Old Wives' Tales closed Sunday, May 4, after 34 years in business.Since opening in 1980, the multi-ethnic restaurant at 1300 East Burnside Street has been a gathering place for feminist, gay rights and environmental activists, and was an early refuge for those with vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diets. It also featured an extensive children's menu.“I’ve always understood that ...
As same-sex marriage foes ready for a new crusade, how many old allies will follow?
In 2007, host Ira Glass of This American Life came
to Portland on a book tour and was scheduled to speak at the 1,500-seat
New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley. He asked for a change of
Marriage equality is on its way to Oregon despite advocates’ tactical errors.
When Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced
last week that her office would not defend the state’s constitutional
ban on gay marriage, it signaled the decade-long battle for marriage