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Oregon City high school students protest Day of Silence with anti-gay t-shirts

Friday, April 11, 2014
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- On this national Day of Silence, designed to call attention to anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools, some students at an Oregon high school staged their own protest to tell others that "gay is not OK." [ Read more → ]
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Transgender student files housing complaint against Christian university

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
NEWBERG, Ore. -- A transgender student has filed a discrimination complaint against a Christian university, alleging the school is discriminating against him by not allowing him to live in the men's dormitories. [ Read more → ]
Jessica Dutro

Jury finds mother guilty of murdering 4-year-old son she thought was gay

Thursday, April 3, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman has been found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son. Prosecutors said Jessica Dutro believed her son was gay, and that was the motive behind the beatings that led to his death. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon gubernatorial candidate: Gay marriage ‘a sin, just the same as murder’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Meet Lorraine Mae Rafferty of Selma, Ore., who explains why she’s running for governor Oregon, and makes it clear that she opposes same-sex marriage because it’s a sin, “just the same as murder” -- a label she also applies to abortion. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon ballot sponsors seek quick answer on same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sponsors of a ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Oregon asked a federal judge on Tuesday to make a speedy ruling in a case that challenges the state's ban on same-sex weddings. At the same time, top Oregon employers such as Nike and Intel threw their support to ending the restrictions. [ Read more → ]
Jessica Dutro

Prosecutor says mom killed 4-year-old son she perceived to be gay

Thursday, March 27, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- An Oregon woman on trial for the murder of her 4-year-old son believed the boy was gay and that was a motive behind the deadly beatings, a prosecutor said. [ Read more → ]
Stu-Rasmussen

Nation’s first transgender mayor auctions off shoes to get cash for his city

Thursday, March 20, 2014
SILVERTON, Ore. -- The nation's first openly transgender mayor is now opening his closet doors to get cash for his city. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum (D-Ore.)

Oregon AG: ‘No rational justification’ for maintaining same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, March 20, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general has told a federal court that she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of gay and lesbian couples [ Read more → ]
Ellen Rosenblum

Oregon AG certifies ballot title in proposed religious freedom initiative

Saturday, March 15, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has issued a title for a proposed "religious freedom" ballot initiative, effective adopting wording sought by the initiative's opponents. [ Read more → ]
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GOP divide on marriage equality on display at Oregon conference

Sunday, March 9, 2014
SEASIDE, Ore. — Young Republican activists implored their party to support same-sex marriage Saturday, saying the GOP is destined to continue losing elections in Oregon if it doesn't get behind an issue that's gaining traction around the country. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon state regulators say cab driver violated lesbian couple’s rights

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- State regulators say a Portland cab driver violated the rights of lesbian couple he left on the side of a freeway last summer. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon AG says she will not defend state’s gay marriage ban in court

Thursday, February 20, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Thursday that she will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review." [ Read more → ]
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Woman convicted, husband on trial for attack on gay couple walking pink poodle

Saturday, February 1, 2014
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- A jury in Oregon has convicted a 23-year-old woman for her role in the attack last year on a gay couple who were walking their pink-dyed pink poodle. [ Read more → ]
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Judge consolidates lawsuits seeking to overturn Ore. gay marriage ban

Thursday, January 23, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage might be overturned before voters receive their ballots this fall. A federal judge in Eugene on Wednesday decided to consolidate two lawsuits alleging Oregon's ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Michael McShane, an Obama appointee, set oral... [ Read more → ]
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Oregon investigators: Bakery unlawfully discriminated against lesbian couple

Saturday, January 18, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A suburban Portland bakery violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple by refusing to bake a cake for the women's wedding, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said Friday. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon school district settles lawsuit over anti-gay bullying

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene, Ore. School District has paid $5,000 to settle an Oregon lawsuit that accused it of failing to stop students at a middle school from bullying and harassing a boy they perceived as gay. [ Read more → ]
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Police investigating attack on Oregon gay man as possible hate crime

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Police are investigating a possible hate crime attack on a gay man and his friend at the Bagby Hot Springs located in the Mount Hood National Forest, east of Portland. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon coalition says it has collected enough signatures for marriage vote

Monday, December 9, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Marriage equality supporters said Monday they have collected the required signatures to put an initiative before voters in 2014 aimed at repealing the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Nike launches PAC to support marriage equality campaign in Oregon

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon-based Nike, Inc., on Tuesday announced it had formed the Nike Equality PAC, a foundation to raise money in support of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon to begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed out-of-state

Thursday, October 17, 2013
SALEM, Ore. -- The state of Oregon will now recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed out of state, according to a report by the Willamette Week. [ Read more → ]
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Portland Trail Blazers first NBA team to support marriage equality

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have become the first NBA team to publicly support marriage equality for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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Father of gay teen who committed suicide killed during nationwide walk against bullying

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Joe Bell, the Oregon man who last April began a cross-country trek to spread his message against bullying after his 15-year-old gay son hanged himself, was hit and killed by a semi-truck on a Colorado highway Wednesday evening. [ Read more → ]
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Bakers say gay activists used ‘mafia-style tactics’ to shut down their business

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
The owners of an Oregon bakery at the center of a complaint for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple are speaking out, and say gay rights activists used "militant" and "mean-spirited, mafia-style tactics" to shut down their business. [ Read more → ]
Sweet Cakes owner Aaron Klein

Bakery that refused wedding cake for lesbian couple closes its doors

Monday, September 2, 2013
GRESHAM, Ore. -- The Oregon bakery that is the target of a discrimination complaint for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple's wedding, has closed its doors. [ Read more → ]
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Portland, Ore., bar owner fined $400,000 for banning transgender patrons

Saturday, August 31, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland bar owner has been ordered to pay about $400,000 to a group of transgender patrons he banned from his establishment last year. [ Read more → ]
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