Winning By Default

Marriage equality is on its way to Oregon despite advocates’ tactical errors.


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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    More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Hotseat: Richard Carlbom

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


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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

Republican Rep. Julie Parrish Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Deputy House GOP leader breaks with party platform

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Add Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn/Tualatin) to the growing list of Oregon Republicans who support the same sex-marriage measure aimed at the 2014 ballot. Last week, WW reported that a group of bold-faced Republican names have formed a political action committee calls Freedom Oregon to support the measure. That group includes former U.S. Bob Packwood; former Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer; ...   More
 
Monday, February 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

State of Oregon Finds Substantial Evidence Gresham Bakers Discriminated Illegally

Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013.

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The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says in a press release today that it found "substantial evidence" that Sweet Cakes by Melissa committed unlawful discrimination when it refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013. The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 made it illegal in the state of Oregon for a public business to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.The ...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Campaign Whisperers

Hints of Oregon’s political future in 2014 can be seen in the contributions of 2013.


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It’s 2014, an election year that will bring before voters an astonishingly broad list of ballot measures, a race for the U.S. Senate and an Oregon governor seeking an unprecedented fourth term. But clues to the key turning points in    More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Marriage Duel

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


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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

Murmurs: Have You Seen The McMuffin Man?


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Opponents of Oregon’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are taking it to a judge. As first reported on wweek.com, Portland attorneys Lake Perriguey and Lea Ann Easton filed a lawsuit Oct. 15   More
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Gay Couples File Federal Suit To Overturn Oregon Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Lawsuit is separate from 2014 campaign to end Measure 36

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Opponents of Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage have filed a lawsuit in federal court today, asking a judge to overturn it.The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene by Portland attorneys Lake Perriguey and Lea Ann Easton on behalf of two gay couples, seeks to have 2004's Measure 36 ruled unconstitutional. It names Gov. John Kitzhaber and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, as well ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Adidas America Adds Its Support to Gay Marriage

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Oregon United for Marriage is cleaning up sporty-type endorsements for its campaign to overturn the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage this week, with adidas America announcing today it supports the campaign. “Marriage is an important, individual choice that should be extended to everyone," adidas America Vice President Paul Ehrlich. "It is time to recognize this important human ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Portland Timbers and Thorns Say They Support Gay Marriage Initiative

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The Portland Timbers and Thorns are joining the fight to legalize same sex marriage in Oregon.The announcement today by the soccer teams' owner Merritt Paulson marks the first major U.S. professional sports teams to endorse a same sex marriage ballot campaign, according to a release by Oregon United for Marriage, which is gathering signatures to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot to overturn ...   More
 
Friday, October 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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