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Here’s a Catholic priest-to-gay groom story that same-sex marriage advocates ought to tell.


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 Jim Stephens first spotted Darold Slack on June 16, 2008, standing in the crowd at the Portland Pride Parade.   More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Study: Gay Teens More Likely to Face Stricter Punishments


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Gay teens, particularly young lesbians, are more likely than their straight peers to get expelled from school, arrested and convicted of adult crimes, according to a new study published in Pediatrics by researchers at Yale University. Those surprising results published in the American Academy of Pediatrics' journal were featured today in a story in The Washington Post that said: [F]or ...   More
 
Monday, December 6, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Senate to Consider DREAM Act and DADT on Saturday


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Saturday won't be a leisurely day on Capitol Hill. After years of false starts and dead ends, the DREAM Act comes up for a vote again Saturday, Dec. 18 in the U.S. Senate, where advocates think the immigration bill finally stands a chance of passage. Also known as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the bill (first crafted in 2001) would give undocumented young people who ...   More
 
Friday, December 17, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Backlash Against Boy Scouts in Laurelhurst Over Christmas Tree Pickup (UPDATED with Boy Scouts comment)


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Some Laurelhurst residents don't want their neighbors to support one of the Boy Scouts of America's local holiday season traditions—picking up Christmas trees for recycling. The objections in this "Dear Neighbors" letter (PDF) being circulated in the Northeast Portland neighborhood from residents Richard Kuhns and Mary Quigley focus on the Boy Scouts' stance against Scouts and parent volunteers ...   More
 
Thursday, December 30, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

Backlash Against Boy Scouts in Laurelhurst Over Christmas Tree Pickup (UPDATED with Boy Scouts comment)


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 Some Laurelhurst residents don’t want their neighbors to support one of theBoy Scouts of America’s local holiday season traditions—picking up Christmas trees for recycling.The objections in this “Dear Neighbors” letter (PDF) being circulated in the Northeast Portland neighborhood from residents Richard Kuhns and Mary Quigley focus on the Boy Scouts’ stance ...   More
 
Thursday, December 30, 2010 by

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley And Extending Employment Protections to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity


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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) today was among a group of four senators to introduce the latest version of a bill that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The freshman Democrat announced today he is a sponsor — along with Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (both R-Maine) — of the Employment Non-Discrimination ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon Gay/Lesbian Vets Group Wants Obama To Go Faster on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"


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President Obama's pledge on Saturday at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign to “end 'Don't Ask Don't Tell” comes at an opportune time for Veterans for Human Rights. The Portland nonprofit, which promotes equal rights in the Armed Forces, has scheduled a re-organizational meeting Oct 21 at 7 pm at the Q Center (4115 N. Mississippi Ave) to create new leadership. “Everything ...   More
 
Monday, October 12, 2009 Sasha Ingber

What Washington And Maine Election Results Mean For Same-Sex Marriage in Oregon


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Last night's election results in Maine and Washington left Basic Rights Oregon executive director Jeana Frazzini stressing this morning that she's a "half-glass-full" kind of person. "If I weren't, I couldn't do social justice work," Frazzini said. The quickie "half-glass-full" summary of yesterday's election when it comes to gay rights is that Maine voters overturned gay marriage in their ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 HANK STERN

New Location For Evan Wolfson's Speech Tonight


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Tonight's kickoff of Basic Rights Oregon's campaign to get Measure 36 overturned by state voters in 2012 has a new location. The kickoff event featuring Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson has been moved to PSU's Smith Memorial Student Union in the Vanport Room (#338) at 6 pm. Based on what Wolfson told WW in this week's paper, it should be a worthwhile event. UPDATE: I forgot to include in ...   More
 
Monday, November 2, 2009 HANK STERN

Who in Oregon is Donating to Referendum 71 in Washington


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With one week to go until Washington voters decide whether to retain their state's domestic partnership rights for same-sex couples, we were curious which Oregonians and Oregon companies are donating their cash to the campaign across the river. Washington Families Standing Together, the group urging a yes vote Nov. 3 on Referendum 71 to retain domestic partnership, has collected more than $1.3 ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 HANK STERN

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