Same Sex Marriage

Gay Rights
5:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

In Wake Of Arizona Veto, Similar Measures Considered In Northwest

In Oregon, a religious group is attempting to get a measure on this November's ballot that would allow people to refuse to participate in a same-sex ceremony if doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
Credit Chantal Andrea

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.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:22 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oregon's Attorney General Won't Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum takes questions from reporters during a state capitol press conference.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon's Attorney General says she won't defend the state against federal lawsuits challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. A ruling in the case could come this spring.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Campaign Finds Some GOP Support

A ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage could be on the Oregon ballot in 2014.
Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 12:25 pm

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

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Idaho Gay Rights
3:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans

File photo. The Pocatello City Council took public comment on an anti-discrimination ordinance in April 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:42 pm

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

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Oregon Discrimination
5:50 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Former Federal Employee In Oregon Awarded Back Pay For Discrimination

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner.
Credit Ken Lund / Flickr

A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has awarded back pay to a former federal law clerk in Oregon who was denied health benefits for her same-sex domestic partner. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
6:12 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Idaho Couples Sue State Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Four Idaho couples are suing the state over its ban on same-sex marriage. They asked a U.S. district court Friday to declare Idaho’s prohibition unconstitutional.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:02 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Same-Sex Couple Files Complaint In Oregon Bakery Case

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 3:17 pm

The state of Oregon will look into whether a bakery discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to make a cake for their wedding ceremony.

The Bureau of Labor and Industries announced the investigation Wednesday. It comes in response to a complaint filed by two women who say a Gresham bakery cited religious reasons for turning them down.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:37 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Gay Marriage Signature Gathering Off To Rapid Start in Oregon

Garry Knight, Flickr.

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 4:35 pm

Gay rights advocates say their campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon is off to a more rapid start than expected. Backers of the effort said Tuesday that they've gathered more than 42,000 signatures in just over two weeks.

The campaign is relying heavily on volunteers, who are aided in part by this catchy video that outlines the basic rules of collecting names. Such as, voters must sign with a pen.

The voice on the video quips, "No pencils, no invisible ink, no barbecue sauce, and no erasers."

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:53 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Effect Of DOMA Ruling Murky For Idaho, Oregon Couples Married Elsewhere

Charli Deltenre

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:48 pm

It's still not clear what the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will mean for many same-sex couples in the Northwest. That's because of new legal questions surrounding the hundreds of couples who have marriage licenses from Washington state but live in states like Idaho and Oregon that have banned same-sex marriage.

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Florist Faces Lawsuit
4:42 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Arlene's Flowers Stirs Back-And-Forth On Social Media

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:03 pm

Business is bustling at the Richland florist who faces a lawsuit over same-sex marriage. The shop's owner says she was standing up for her Christian values when she refused to sell flowers for a gay couple’s wedding. Now, the case has become a focal point of intense debate on social media across the globe.

On Arlene’s Flower’s Facebook page, right alongside advertisements for corsages and boutonnieres, there are hundreds of posts for and against same-sex marriage. Now there’s even a Boycott Arlene’s Flowers Facebook page. It has more than 500 likes.

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