Oregon No. 1 For Personal Freedom, Libertarians Declare

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Good news? A think tank funded by the Koch brothers, billionaire industrialists and covert Tea Party backers with a long history of supporting right-wing causes, has declared Oregon the top state in the union for personal freedom.Naked bike rides were not a factor. Medical weed was.But to give you a better idea of the where the authors of the report, commissioned by the Mercatus Center at George Mason ...   More
Monday, June 20, 2011 COREY PEIN

Exposed: The "Agenda" by Gays and Lesbians for Marriage Rights


If you're a believer in the existence of a conspiracy that is using marriage rights for same-sex couples to advance an "insidious" agenda, you'd better spend the next 90 seconds watching this new video from Freedom to Marry. The video from an organization devoted to marriage rights nationwide provides clear evidence of the "roadmap to victory" that includes Oregon and other states where gays and lesbians ...   More
Thursday, April 7, 2011 HANK STERN

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

More Favorable National Poll Trends for Same-Sex Marriage


 Next weekend there will be a "Politics of Love"  celebration in Portland to mark the seventh anniversary of when same-sex marriages enjoyed a brief window of legal approval in Multnomah County.And people attending the March 25-27 events presented by the First Unitarian Church will have some fresh news to celebrate. A new Washington Post-ABC News national poll shows a narrow majority supporting ...   More
Friday, March 18, 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

Barbara Bush (The Younger Version) Endorses Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Barbara Bush

If and when supporters of same-sex marriage rights in Oregon bring a measure to the state ballot, they might consider enlisting Barbara Bush for the campaign.Not the former First Lady Barbara Bush who's married to former President George H.W. Bush. The ex-First Lady's granddaughter, as in the Barbara Bush who's the daughter of ex-President George W. Bush. The younger Barbara Bush is in this video below ...   More
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 HANK STERN

The State of Same Sex Marriage Outside Oregon

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While supporters of same-sex marriage in Oregon tell their stories in hopes of getting a future measure on the state ballot, their counterparts elsewhere are fighting their own battles to achieve the same goal of marriage rights.There's a move by backers of same-sex marriage in Maryland's legislature to make the state the seventh to provide gay and lesbian couples with full marriage rights.And on the ...   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 HANK STERN


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