Monday, October 8, 2007

Needed Some Good News: Oregon Stops Bigots from Voting on Gay People's Rights

My newest email from Basic Rights Oregon (Hey, BRO):

Oregon Protects Their Domestic Partnership Law
--We just heard from the Secretary of State's office: by the slenderest of margins - less than 1/2 of 1 percent, anti-gay groups have failed in their effort to force a public vote on Oregon's new domestic partnership law.

The fact that they were unable to meet even this extremely low signature threshold shows how out of step they are with Oregon values.

The message is clear: Oregonians believe that committed couples should have the legal recognition they need to take care of each other, especially in a crisis. Come January 1st, when our domestic partnership law goes into effect, that will be the reality in Oregon.

But we're not out of the woods yet. The Secretary of State's office is still counting signatures on the attempt to refer our new nondiscrimination law. We expect to hear more by the end of the week.

And anti-gay groups have vowed to try again, using the initiative process to try to REPEAL the law. This would give them until next July 3rd to collect roughly 82,000 signatures.

So while we celebrate this tremendous victory, we can't let down our guard. We must be prepared to defend these laws at the ballot, enforce them once they go into effect, and elect more fair-minded candidates to public office. --

Know anyone in Oregon?

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