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Governor Kulongoski Receives PAC's Primary Endorsement

Today, the Basic Rights Equality PAC is proud to announce its endorsement of Ted Kulongoski for Governor in the Democratic Primary. Here's why...

As a movement, we are lucky to live in a state where the fact is our Governor has done more to stake out a public position in favor of GLBT equality and use the office to advocate for equality than any other Governor in the country--period.

While Basic Rights Oregon continues to push for stronger, bolder, more creative leadership at every level of government, we cannot lose sight of what this Governor has done for the GLBT community from the beginning of his career and at every step along the way. Here is just a snapshot:

  • As a first term legislator, Governor Kulongoski introduced Oregon's first anti-discrimination legislation in 1978.

  • He has consistently and publicly opposed and campaigned against anti-GLBT ballot measures.

  • As Attorney General, the Governor directed his staff to draft an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on Oregon's behalf arguing that Colorado's anti-GLBT Amendment 2 was unconstitutional -- a brief that was widely considered to have a significant impact in getting the measure thrown out.

  • In his first term as Governor, he introduced anti-discrimination legislation, and requested the landmark Senate Bill 1000, which passed the Senate in 2005 and would have created civil unions for same-sex couples and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Following the 2005 session the Governor formed the Governor's Task Force on Equality to continue to move the issue of relationship rights and anti-discrimination forward between legislative sessions.

  • And, most recently, the Governor has appointed a senior staff-member as an official liaison to the GLBT community, resulting in direct and more frequent communication with movement leaders and strategists.

    For these reasons and more, the Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC urges you to vote for Ted Kulongoski in the Oregon Democratic Primary for Governor.

    Ballots have been mailed and are already arriving in mailboxes. Cast your votes for the Candidates of Equality using our online voter's guide at www.VoteEquality.com

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  • By Blogger BRO, at May 02, 2006 5:38 PM

    FYI--A number of you have contacted us with questions about endorsements in other primary races for Governor. We haven't made endorsements in any of those races because none of the major Republican candidates sought our endorsement and we can not consider primary endorsements for candidates who are not yet on the ballot, such as Senator Ben Westlund.    



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