Oregon

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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Ore. same-sex marriage ban gets day in court, but no one’s there to defend it

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge to hear Oregon same-sex marriage challenge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to defend the measure. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane

Judge denies NOM’s request to postpone hearing in Ore. gay marriage challenge

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon said Tuesday he would not postpone a long-scheduled hearing challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban to accommodate an eleventh hour request by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in the suit and defend the ban. [ Read more → ]
NOM chairman John Eastman

NOM seeks to defend Ore. gay marriage ban, questions gay judge’s impartiality

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The National Organization for Marriage said Monday it plans to file a motion to intervene and defend Oregon's gay marriage ban from challenges in federal court. [ Read more → ]
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Federal court to hear challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, April 20, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The future of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage goes before a federal judge this week, and while critics will argue that it unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians, there appears to be little support for it to be upheld. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Marriage equality will add $47 million, new jobs to Oregon’s economy

Sunday, April 20, 2014
As a federal court prepares to hear arguments in a challenge to Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage, a new report finds that marriage equality would add $47 million to the state’s economy and generate over 450 new jobs over three years. [ Read more → ]
Jessica Dutro

Woman gets life in prison for murdering 4-year-old son she thought was gay

Friday, April 18, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of her 4-year-old son who she believed was gay. [ Read more → ]
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Oregon revises marriage licenses to accommodate for same-sex couples

Friday, April 18, 2014
In light of the Oregon attorney general’s decision to not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
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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 → ]
Alex Brandon, AP

Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans. [ 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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Willamette kicker is first active college football player to come out as LGBT

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- Williamette University freshman kicker Conner Mertens has come out as bisexual, becoming the first active college football player to come out as LGBT. [ Read more → ]
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Family values group: Anti-discrimination laws are biased against Christians

Friday, January 24, 2014
In a new video from CitizenLink, the anti-gay political action affiliate of Focus on the Family, Stuart Shepard, CitizenLink’s senior director of media, says human rights and anti-discrimination laws designed to protect minorities are actually discriminatory toward Christians. [ 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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