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BREAKING: Ben Westlund Drops Out of Governor's Race

State Senator Ben Westlund announced at a news conference in Salem today that he is dropping his bid to become Oregon's next Governor.

This news makes the battle for the Governor's seat a clear two way race between a sitting Governor with a more than 30 year record of advocating for equality and a challenger who has aligned himself with the most virulent anti-GBLT forces in Oregon and who has vowed to veto any pro-equality legislation, including civil unions and anti-discrimination legislation like Senate Bill 1000 passed by the Senate in 2005.

The stakes could not be higher. This race will determine whether civil unions and anti-discrimination become the law of the land in Oregon or whether legislative progress on GLBT equality comes to a halt for the next several years. We can't let that happen.

We hope you'll join us in the fight to re-elect Governor Ted Kulongoski in November and elect a pro-equality majority in the Oregon House and the Oregon Senate.

We also look forward to Senator Westlund's continued leadership and committment to GLBT equality in his role as Senator in the 2007 legislative session.
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