Bittersweet Cake

A Gresham bakery refused to sell this lesbian couple a wedding cake. Now, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer break their silence.

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Rachel Cryer loved Sweet Cakes by Melissa. She had discovered the Gresham bakery online in 2011 when she went looking for a wedding cake to celebrate her mother’s remarriage. The $250 raspberry fa   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portlanders Celebrate Historic Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality


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 ...   More
Friday, June 26, 2015 EMILY VOLPERT

Supreme Court Won't Hear New Mexico Appeal of Anti-Gay Marriage Photographer


The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the case of a pair of New Mexico wedding photographers who were found to have violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws by refusing to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony, USA Today reports.Oregon opponents of same-sex marriage are moving forward with a ballot measure that would provide a religious exemption to businesses who don’t want to provide ...   More
Monday, April 7, 2014 by Kate Willson

Campaign Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban Will End Ballot Initiative Drive If Judge Overturns Oregon Law by May 23

Nike, Others File Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage


Oregon United for Marriage told a federal judge today that if he overturns a state ban on same-sex marriage by May 23, the campaign will not move forward with ballot initiative to repeal the ban in November."If the Initiative qualifies for the ballot and is approved by the voters, same-sex couples in Oregon would be granted the right to marry," Oregon United for Marriage wrote in a brief filed ...   More
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Kate Willson

Michigan Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban


A federal judge today ruled Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. That makes it the ninth state in three months where courts have ruled in favor of same-sex couples seeking to marry, according to Freedom to Marry, a national advocacy organization that tracks the lawsuits pending in 28 states.Oregon could soon join 17 states that allow same-sex marriage, when a belated legal ...   More
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Kate Willson

U.S. AG says State Counterparts Don't Have to Defend Gay-Marriage Bans


 Less than a week after Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that the Oregon Department of Justice would not defend Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder assured his state-level counterparts that that was just fine.“If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal ...   More
Monday, February 24, 2014 by Kate Willson

Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Campaign Suspended

Some supporters dismayed BRO has pressed pause


Oregon United for Marriage has suspended its campaign to challenge the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage at the November election after Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that the government won’t fight a lawsuit challenging the ban in court. Oregon United for Marriage, a coalition including Basic Right Oregon, has gathered 160,000 signatures since last summer—enough ...   More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Oregon Won't Defend Marriage Ban


Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will not defend a ban on same-sex marriage."The constitution has been violated in our opinion by this state provision," Rosenblum said in a press conference after filing the state's response in a lawsuit filed by four same-sex couples. “State Defendants will not defend the Oregon ban on same-sex marriage in this litigation,” ...   More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Kate Willson

Brides Denied

A same-sex couple says CC Slaughters nightclub barred them for their wedding dresses.

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Like any brides, Michelle and Eidan Bray figured their Aug. 10 wedding wouldn’t go off without a hitch or two. But as 100 friends and relatives gathered to celebrate their marriage in Northeast    More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

The Queer Frontier

The battle over gay marriage moves to rural Oregon.

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Leighton Reed-Nickerson wheels his black 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible into the parking lot of the Harney County Farmers Market, a collection of a dozen stands selling vegetables, rag rugs   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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