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

Same-sex marriage in Oregon

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

Vermont OK's Same-Sex Marriage. Where's Oregon?

What's missing from the following sentence? Vermont today became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage, joining Iowa, Connecticut and Massachusetts. If you answered that Oregon is missing from that illustrious list, be sure to pick up Wednesday's WW and find out what backers of gay marriage in our state are planning to correct that state of affairs. And if you didn't answer Oregon, ...   More
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 HANK STERN

New Location For Evan Wolfson's Speech Tonight

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


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