gay rights

Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In Lane County

Eric Gates and Jose Soto lean in for a kiss during their marriage ceremony outside the Lane County Building in Eugene.
Credit Jes Burns

Same-sex couples in Lane County took advantage of a federal ruling Monday legalizing gay marriage in the state.

KLCC’s Jes Burns reports from the county building in downtown Eugene, where Dozens of same-sex couples lined up to apply for marriage licenses.  

Supporters handed out bouquets of flowers to the excited couples, many of whom left work early to go to the County Clerk’s Office.

“It’s lunch hour.”

Pam Irwin and Barb Bellows have been together for 11 years. Bellows was anxiously watching for the ruling.

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Social Justice
12:40 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Gay Rights Supporters Gather Ahead Of Landmark Court Hearing

Credit Karen Richards

Late Tuesday afternoon, gay rights supporters in seven cities around Oregon gathered for a vigil ahead of a landmark court case.  A federal judge in Eugene will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Eugene resident Clark Compton has been volunteering with the pro-same-sex marriage group Oregon United for Marriage for the past year.  

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Politics & Government
6:57 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

U.S. Senate Passes Employment Anti-Discrimination Act, Championed by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley

UO students Whitney Logue and Connor Gagner met with Sen. Jeff Merkley (middle) Friday to celebrate senate passage of the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act.
Credit Angela Kellner

College students and business leaders joined Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Friday in calling on congress to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. On Thursday the senate passed the Employment Anti-Discrimination Act.  It passed by a 2-to-1 margin with 10 Republicans joining Democrats. Senator Merkley helped pass Oregon's workplace protection law in 2007 when he was speaker of the Oregon House. He says not all states offer the same employment protections for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or trans-gendered.

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