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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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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Complaint alleges job offer rescinded due to transgender status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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GOP U.S. Senate candidate trumpets endorsement from gay marriage plaintiffs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Ben West and Paul Rummell
SALEM, Ore. -- Two of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit that led to Oregon allowing same-sex marriage are throwing their support behind Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby. Wehby's campaign trumpeted the endorsement from Ben West and Paul Rummell on Tuesday. Her campaign released a television ad featuring West, who [...]

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Oregon woman says she’s being targeted because she’s gay

Thursday, September 4, 2014
RAINIER, Ore. -- A woman in Rainier, Ore., says she is being targeted by vandals and a new property manager because of her sexual orientation. Melanie Powell said she has been living at the same mobile home park for 25 years without any issues, but in the last few months, [...]

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Marriage News Watch: 7th Circuit recap, NOM not giving up in Oregon

Monday, September 1, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Anti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they'll take up in their fall session. There's another major marriage argument coming up [...]

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Court: NOM lacks standing to appeal Oregon same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal appeals court has dismissed the National Organization for Marriage's effort to appeal an Oregon court ruling that allows same sex marriage. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision on Wednesday. Several same-sex couples sued the state of Oregon last year arguing the ban on [...]

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Attorneys in Ore. same-sex marriage case awarded legal fees

Friday, August 22, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge has approved more than $133,000 in legal fees to one group of lawyers in Oregon's gay marriage case. The money goes to three Portland lawyers who filed the first lawsuit challenging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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