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Oregon Anti-Gay Fight Isn't Over

October 15, 2007

Salem, OR – The failure of a petition drive to force a public vote on Oregon's new gay-rights laws isn't the end of the fight. Opponents of a new domestic partnership law, and a law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, are expected to file initiatives to repeal both laws.

Supporters of the laws are grateful voters didn't embrace the anti-gay petitions, and are hopeful they'll stand firm. John Hummel, with Basic Rights Oregon, says the laws scheduled to go into effect January 1 are positive reflections of Oregon's values.

"Oregonians believe that everyone should be able to realize their hopes and dreams, take care of a loved one during a crisis, and live and work free from the sting of discrimination."

Support for the laws extends beyond the activist community to the corporate community, including Nike, where Julia Brim-Edwards is with the company's State and Public Affairs Department.

"We think it's important that workplace protections be present throughout the state of Oregon. Non-discrimination practices in the workplace are good for our employees, they're good for business, and they’re good for the state of Oregon."

Opponents of the new laws have until July to collect about 82,000 signatures to get measures on the ballot for the next election.

Dondrea Warner/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OR