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Gay rights advocates are waiting for a ruling from a federal judge on whether same-sex couples can get married in Oregon. Those same advocates are also launching a campaign to defeat a potential ballot measure they say would discriminate against gay couples planning a wedding.

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A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.  Gay rights advocates are denouncing the effort.

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This winter, protests hit the Idaho Capitol at a level rarely seen in Boise. Gay rights activists blocked entrances and were marched away in handcuffs. They want Idaho's Republican-controlled legislature to pass an anti-discrimination law similar to those in Oregon and Washington. It would make it illegal for employers, landlords and most businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Lawmakers plan to wrap up the session this Friday without ever printing the bill.

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Amidst the debate over the now-vetoed Arizona bill that would have protected businesses that refuse to serve gays and others for religious reasons, gay rights groups in the Northwest say similar legislation could surface here.

More than 60 people protested inside Idaho’s capitol Thursday. They want lawmakers to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act. 

Some prominent Oregon Republicans announced Wednesday that they are throwing their support behind a campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities.

Washington Looking To Ban Gay-Conversion Therapy

Jan 23, 2014

Mental health experts say it’s dangerous. Now, Washington lawmakers are taking up the controversy over gay-conversion therapy.

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted this week against a federal ban on workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people. But Tuesday he said Idaho cities should be able to maintain their local gay rights ordinances.

County officials who issue marriage licenses in Washington are gearing up for a possible influx of new applicants.