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Oregon is the 33rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Feb. 14, 1859. Its most populous city is Portland, and the state capitol is located in Salem.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2004. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court. The cases are Geiger v. Kitzhaber and Rummell and West v. Kitzhaber.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Colorado, Iowa, Oregon lawmakers considering ‘conversion therapy’ bans

Monday, February 23, 2015
Daniel Tobias, Wikimedia
Three more states could soon join California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia in outlawing therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. [...]

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Kate Brown takes office in Oregon, first openly bisexual U.S. governor

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Kate Brown
Kate Brown has stepped in as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of her predecessor, fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber. Brown was sworn in during a Wednesday ceremony at the state Capitol. Brown, formerly the secretary of state, becomes the first openly bisexual governor in the nation. [...]

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Bisexual community hopeful as one of their own becomes a governor

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Oregon Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown celebrates President Barack Obama's projected victory after winning her race at Democratic headquarters in Portland, Ore., on Nov. 6, 2012. The sudden advent of an openly bisexual governor in Oregon may provide a chance to broaden understanding of America's bisexual community.
"LGBT" has become a household term amid sweeping advances for gay rights, and yet the "B'' sometimes seems like an awkward fit. But the sudden advent of America's first openly bisexual governor may provide a chance to ease the awkwardness and broaden understanding of the bisexual community. [...]

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Kitzhaber steps down; Oregon to have first openly bisexual U.S. governor

Friday, February 13, 2015
Kate Brown
The resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has thrown a spotlight on the next in line to succeed him: Kate Brown, the 54-year-old openly bisexual secretary of state who has long been thought to have her eye on Oregon's top elected position. [...]

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Oregon bakery discriminated against gay couple, hearing set to determine damages

Monday, February 2, 2015
A hearing is scheduled in March to determine how much in damages two Oregon bakers owe a lesbian couple for refusing to bake them a wedding cake in 2013. [...]

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Prominent gay rights activist pleads not guilty to sex crime charges

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Terry Bean
EUGENE, Ore. -- Prominent Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Eugene to sodomy and sex abuse charges involving a 15-year-old boy. His lawyer, Kristen Winemiller, previously said Bean is the victim of an extortion ring. [...]

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Ninth Circuit won’t reconsider NOM’s bid to appeal Oregon gay marriage ruling

Monday, November 24, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
A federal appeals court has denied a request by the National Organization for Marriage that the court reconsider its motion to appeal a federal judge's ruling that struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Complaint alleges job offer rescinded due to transgender status

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BEND, Ore. -- An Oregon individual who identifies as neither a man nor a woman has filed a sex discrimination complaint against a Wisconsin-based wilderness therapy program claiming they lost out on a job by identifying as transgender. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in [...]

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NOM asks full Ninth Circuit to allow it to appeal Ore. same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, September 11, 2014
NOM chairman John Eastman
The National Organization for Marriage has asked the full Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to allow it to appeal a federal court ruling that struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. The request comes two weeks after a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court rejected NOM's attempt to [...]

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