same-sex marriage

Same-Sex Marriage
4:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Hearing Could Provide Answers In Oregon Gay Marriage Debate

Ben West, right, and Paul Rummell are two of the plaintiffs who sued the State of Oregon to overturn a 2004 ballot measure.
Credit Amanda Peacher / OPB News

Wednesday could be a big day in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon. A federal judge in Eugene will hear arguments from a group that wants to defend a voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

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Gay Rights
5:59 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates Gear Up To Fight Potential Ballot Measure

Gay rights advocates are waiting for a ruling from a federal judge on whether same-sex couples can get married in Oregon.
Credit Chantal Andrea / Wikimedia

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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Same-Sex Marriage
8:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

No Quick Ruling Expected In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Attorneys for four same-sex couples called Oregon's gay marriage ban a "state imposed badge of inferiority" during arguments in federal court Wednesday. Gay rights advocates are suing to overturn the voter-approved measure.

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Same-Sex Marriage
7:38 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Judge Won't Issue Immediate Decision In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

A federal judge in Oregon will not issue an immediate decision Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. That news comes as gay rights advocates prepare to argue their side in Eugene.

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NWPR Books
12:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

In her new book, Forcing the Spring, investigative reporter Jo Becker goes behind the scenes in the fight for marriage equality. Above, Eric Breese of Rochester, N.Y., joins hundreds of others to rally outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act on March 27, 2013.
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Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:34 pm

In her new book, Forcing the Spring, investigative reporter Jo Becker tells the behind-the-scenes story of an important chapter in the fight for marriage equality. She embedded with the team that challenged Proposition 8 — the 2008 anti-gay-marriage California ballot initiative that called for amending the state constitution to say that the state would only recognize marriage between a man and a woman.

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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.
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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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