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Task Force applauds passage of two equality measures by Oregon House of Representatives

Date: 
April 18, 2007

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WASHINGTON, April 18 — With bipartisan support, the Oregon House of Representatives yesterday approved a bill that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and a bill that would establish domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

The state House approved the Oregon Equality Act by a 35–25 vote. The measure bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. The Oregon Family Fairness Act, which passed the House by a 34–26 vote, would establish domestic partnerships for same-sex couples and provide the state rights, benefits and responsibilities that are granted to heterosexual married couples. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., has been a longtime partner of Basic Rights Oregon, the statewide LGBT rights group. For more than a decade, the Task Force has provided trainings and technical assistance, staff to assist on campaigns and direct grants to support the programs of Basic Rights Oregon.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“We applaud Basic Rights Oregon and the many allies who worked so hard to secure these victories. For 30 years, activists in Oregon have worked to gain basic rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They’ve kept their eyes on the prize, and the Task Force has been proud to work with them. Achieving equality is within grasp, and their passion, hard work and tenacity are paying off.” 

Statement by Aisling Coghlan, Interim Executive Director
Basic Rights Oregon

“The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has been an invaluable partner in the effort to pass this historic equality legislation in Oregon. Every step along the way, the Task Force has worked with us for basic equality for all Oregonians.”

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.