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Weigh in now on 2007 Legislative Strategy and Priorities

Following our community's historic victories in the 2006 Election Cycle, Basic Rights Oregon is now in the midst of strategizing, planning and prioritizing for our next fight in the Oregon Legislature in 2007 to push for pro-equality legislation.

Your thoughts and feedback are a critical part of that process.

Only 130 people have completed our survey so far. If you haven't given your thoughts and opinions on the next legislative session click here now to weigh in on our strategic decisions and community priorities for 2007 -- it only takes a few minutes to complete!

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By Anonymous Lonnie Wilson, at December 31, 2006 2:56 AM

Dear BRO,

I don't know if the organization is even paying attention to the comments, but I wanted to offer a suggestion.

SB1000 (The bill that was put in last year) would have created civil unions for same gendered couples and established sexual orientation and gender identity protections statewide.

I currently reside in Washington State, which recently passed GLBT protections statewide. We also suffered a loss in the state supreme court which ruled our DOMA law constitutional.

Please consider civil unions for everyone. The entire point of the civil rights movement for GLBT people is EQUALITY. We all know that equality is not seperate but equal. Measure 36 requires that we have out of the box thinking on equality. We know that seperate but equal is wrong and not actually equal. Equality can be had by merely changing our wording. When both opposite and same gender couples have access to civil unions only, that is true equality. It may not be the word "marriage", but marriage should have always been a religious institution in the first place.

Marriage licensing by the state was originally created as a tool to discriminate against certain classes of marriage, since many states had laws against fornication back in the 17th and 18th century. We need to let go of "marriage licensing".

I submitted a survey, with the same comments for the most part.    



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