Live Report: DOMA Rally at Terry Schrunk Plaza in Portland


 Following the Supreme Court decision today striking down the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act that would forbid federal recognition of same-sex marriage, community members and local leaders including Barbara Roberts, Ellen Rosenblum, Brad Avakian and Charlie Hales are rallying this evening at Terry Schrunk Plaza downtown at Southwest Third Avenue and Madison Street. The rally begins at ...   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 WW Staff

Paradise City

Take me to Vancouver, where the grass is legal and gays can marry.

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Civilization beckons with red and orange lights. They’re faint at first, glowing brighter as you drive north. The little green sign marking the border sneaks up on you. “Entering Washington,   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Gay Marriage: Did Oregon Err By Waiting?


Tim Hibbitts may be the dean of Oregon pollsters. For almost four decades, Hibbitts, once a partner of the polling firm DHM Research, has crunched numbers and had a front row seat on the changes in the electorate in this state. His thoughtful analysis and broad understanding of Oregon history has made him invaluable to political journalists over the years, even though he long ago stopped polling for ...   More
Friday, November 9, 2012

Sorry, Bachelorettes: No More Penis Hats at CC Slaughters


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Portland gay bar CC Slaughters has decided where it stands on the issue of banning bachelorette parties. The new policy is this: it's fine to be a bachelorette. Just don't throw it in our faces.Gay bars in May heard renewed calls from clientele to ban bachelorette parties after popular West Hollywood bar the Abbey announced its ban in the name of marriage equality. CC Slaughters, arguably the most ...   More
Friday, August 17, 2012 AARON SPENCER

The 10-Year Engagement

President Obama has “evolved” to support gay marriage. Oregon isn’t there yet.

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Before President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage last week, he had been talking with Terry Bean about the issue for four years.  Bean, a Portland real-estate broke   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 AARON MESH

Oregon Pols, Activists Applaud Obama Gay Marriage Announcement


Reactions are rolling in after President Barack Obama's statement to ABC News earlier today that he supports full marriage rights for same-sex couples. Obama's election-year shift on the still-controversial issue comes as a vindication to Oregon's equal-marriage advocates.Basic Rights Oregon executive director Jenna Frazzini told WW: Very exciting. This is the first U.S. President to open his ...   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 COREY PEIN

The Seven-Year Itch

Same-sex marriages from 2004 celebrated. A ballot measure to restore same-sex marriage rights? Not so fast.

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Last weekend, First Unitarian Church of Portland marked the seventh anniversary of the brief moment in 2004 when Multnomah County    More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Today's Sermon at Same-Sex Marriage Anniversary: We're Tired of Waiting For Marriage Rights (UPDATED with videos of TV ads)

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  On the morning of March 3, 2004, hundreds of same-sex couples waited in line hoping to be among the first to receive a marriage license in Multnomah County. In that line were First Unitarian Church of Portland members who then hurried down to their church with their new licenses to participate in marriage ceremonies. Over the ensuing week, Rev. Thomas Disrud, a church associate minister ...   More
Sunday, March 27, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Update on the Campaign for Same-Sex Marriage Rights in Oregon

Jeana Frazzini

The latest step in Basic Rights Oregon's effort to bring marriage rights to same-sex couples in Oregon will become visible next week with a statewide TV ad campaign and a direct mailing to households in the Portland metro area.BRO executive director Jeana Frazzini told WW in an interview earlier this week that the TV ads would run for three weeks throughout Oregon and that they are similar to earlier ...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 HANK STERN

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


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