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MORE LIES: From the "Defense of Marriage Coalition"

Opponents of civil unions and anti-discrimination will stop at nothing to block this legislation from becoming the law, even if it means more double talk and more lies.

Today the "Defense of Marriage Coalition" began running ads in newspapers statewide claiming that civil union and antidiscrimination legislation violates the separation of church and state and--again--threatening that schools will be compelled to teach on the subject of homosexuality.

The truth is that neither SB 1000 or HB 3508 contain any reference public education at the elementary and secondary level and the bill explicitly states that "advisory agencies and councils may not recommend programs of education of elementary or secondary students relating to sexual orientation."

Furthermore, both SB 1000 and HB 3508 actually strengthen the separation of church and state by allowing churches and religious institutions in Oregon with the maximum amount of flexibility to discriminate based on sexual orientation in areas including, but not limited to: the ability to discriminate related to the employment of any employee of the church, even if a person's job is not directly related to the mission of the church (such as a janitor), as well as settings such as religious camps, religious bookstores, religious thrift shops, religious day care centers, religious radio stations or religious shelters or any other religious activities other than commercial activities with no necessary relationship to a church or religious institution.

Let's make sure the public knows the truth. If you see these ads, send a letter to the editor of your local paper. To find your paper and send a letter, click here!

From the Speaker of the House
When it comes to public debate, Speaker Minnis is talking out of both sides of her mouth. Her own statements below made last year related to same-sex marriage in Multnomah County and in support of Measure 36 just don't square with her recent actions:

"Process subverted. They didn't hold any public hearings. They didn't give any advanced warning. Their actions were arrogant and wrong. The Multnomah County Commission purposefully subverted the public process."Speaker of the House Karen Minnis (Oregon Voter's Pamphlet, P 82)
"House Speaker Karen Minnis was the first state official to respond. She blasted the Multnomah County commission: ‘I think they circumvented due process. They made a decision and went forward with it without any public hearings, without any review by the state legislature who sets state policy and without consulting the citizens of Oregon.' Minnis said she expected the Oregon legislature to address the issue in its next session." OPB 3/3/04


Speaker Minnis can't have it both ways. Send a letter to the editor of your local paper calling the Speaker out for her doubletalk! Click here! to find your paper and send your letter.
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