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

Sweet Cakes by Melissa Writes About Previously Refusing Service to Gays

Says that the others "understood and went to another bakery."


Food & Drink
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham bakery that in February of 2013 famously refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, recently wrote on its Facebook page that it also refused service to other "gay people" in the past. Last month, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry found "substantial evidence" that the bakery unlawfully refused service to the lesbian couple. The bakery maintained ...   More
Monday, February 24, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Richard Carlbom

The veteran of Minnesota’s successful fight for the freedom to marry says Oregon paved the path to victory.

Q & A
Richard Carlbom led the campaign that legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota last year. Now he’s in charge of the coordinated 33-state campaign for the advocacy group Freedom to Marry.   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 WW Staff

Sweet Cakes, Strong Takes

A selection of emails sent to Oregon's “Stalin,” “Klan,” “Nazi” and/or “Commie” Officials regarding Gresham’s Sweet Cakes By Melissa


Food & Drink
Last week, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industry found “substantial evidence” that Gresham’s Sweet Cakes By Melissa discriminated against a lesbian couple last February by refusing to make them a wedding cake. Aaron and Melissa Klein will now go through a mediation process which, if unsuccessful, may result in formal charges of discrimination. The bakery, which was forced from its storefront ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 by Martin Cizmar

Marriage Duel

Here’s what you need to know about the competing approaches to legalizing gay marriage.

News Stories
A lawsuit was not part of the plan.  In the national strategy to legalize same-sex marriage, liberal Oregon had been earmarked as a state that could be counted on to overturn a constituti   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Gresham Cake Bakery That Refused Service to Gays Has Closed

Sweet Cakes by Melissa owner will bake from home


Food & Drink
Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham cake shop that made headlines in February by refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, closed its storefront this weekend. An Aug. 30 entry on Sweet Cakes' Facebook page says, "This will be our last weekend at the shop we are moving our business to an in home bakery. [sic] I will post our new number soon. Email will stay the same melissa@sweetcakesweb.com."The ...   More
Sunday, September 1, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Cake Wars

Who among us is righteous enough to eat of the sacred buttercream Bible-beating Oregon bakers have denied gays?

Food Reviews & Stories
Sugar, flour, eggs and water are now munitions in America’s culture war. Or so you’d think from two Oregon bakeries that recently refused to make cakes for same-sex weddings, getting national    More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

At Portland’s Catholic University, Students Challenge President on Gay Rights


Arts & Books
When the University of Portland president gives his annual fireside chat he's looking for conversation, not controversy. But when president Fr. William Beauchamp spoke on Monday, Feb. 18, he—perhaps accidentally—ignited a gay rights fight on the Catholic campus.I'm a senior at UP, and this is the most charged I've ever seen campus.The battle centers on UP’s nondiscrimination policy, which does ...   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Sorry, Bachelorettes: No More Penis Hats at CC Slaughters


Food & Drink
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

Local Publisher Set to Unveil New LGBTQ Magazine

pq logo

Melanie Davis, owner and publisher of El Hispanic News, has announced she will start an LGBTQ-focused monthly magazine just weeks after Just Out, Portland’s gay community magazine since 1983 closed its doors in December.According to the magazine’s website, it will be called PQ Monthly and will put out the first issue Feb. 16. (Blogger and former WW "Queer Window" columnist Byron Beck broke the ...   More
Monday, January 16, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN


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