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BRO Applauds Recommendations of Governor's Task Force on Equality

Basic Rights Oregon applauded the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Equality contained in a report made public by Governor Kulongoski today. The report summarizes the work of the Task Force this year and recommends two major changes to State policy: State law should prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and should provide a framework for legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

"The work and recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Equality are meaningful because they reflect a growing recognition of the problem of discrimination and a call for full equality from a broad spectrum of community leaders across the state," said Aisling Coghlan, Basic Rights Oregon Interim Executive Director. "This report reinforces what we already know is true: most Oregonians already believe that discrimination is wrong and ought to be reflected in the laws we live by."

In a statement released by the Governor's office, Governor Kulongoski said, "This is about basic questions of fairness and equity under the law," said the Governor. "We must continue to strive to make Oregon a state of economic and social opportunity for all of our citizens, regardless of race, gender, religion, age or sexual orientation."

"We commend the Governor for his continued leadership on issues of equality and thank the Task Force members for their service on this important and historic work," said Coghlan. "We look forward to working with lawmakers in the House and Senate and with the Governor's office to make the Task Force's recommendations a reality under the law."

To view the full task force report, click here
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By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 14, 2007 11:19 AM

There's a lot not to love here.

First, the timing and manner of the release: During the holiday season and without a press release. It apparently wasn't picked up by any newspaper in Oregon. So much for openly supporting our community.

Second, the Task Force recommends going backward, not forward in LGBT civil rights in Oregon. Their report would deny - unlike Vermont's Civil Unions - couples from other states to enter into a Civil Union, requiring residency before being able to enter into the union.

So, if you meet someone in Vancouver, WA they will need to first move to Oregon and establish residency - which requires one full year.

Brilliant.

Or, if like several friends of mine you have a partner who lives and works in another state then you're ineligible for a Civil Union.

That is the recommendation of the Task Force for Equality. Go figure.

We're not interested in being treated less than equal, too bad they didn't get that message.    



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