Murmurs: All The News We Wrote While The Sun Was Out.

Proponents of an initiative to ban public funding for abortions are employing a novel tactic: The group’s website,, allows users to search for the names of people who have signed th   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Same-Sex Weddings Would Generate Nearly $50 Million for Economy, Study Finds

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Oregon's economy could gain nearly $50 million in spending over the next three years if a federal circuit court judge strikes down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, PQ Monthly reported today.Couples would spend nearly $40 million on their ceremonies—and tourism could bring in another $10 million and add an estimated 468 new jobs, says the study (It was conducted by Williams Institute at the University ...   More
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Campaign Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban Will End Ballot Initiative Drive If Judge Overturns Oregon Law by May 23

Nike, Others File Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage


Oregon United for Marriage told a federal judge today that if he overturns a state ban on same-sex marriage by May 23, the campaign will not move forward with ballot initiative to repeal the ban in November."If the Initiative qualifies for the ballot and is approved by the voters, same-sex couples in Oregon would be granted the right to marry," Oregon United for Marriage wrote in a brief filed ...   More
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Kate Willson

Onward Christian Voters

As same-sex marriage foes ready for a new crusade, how many old allies will follow?

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In 2007, host Ira Glass of This American Life came to Portland on a book tour and was scheduled to speak at the 1,500-seat New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley. He asked for a change of ven   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Multnomah County Ready to Marry Same-Sex Couples When Court Rules


Multnomah County will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as a federal court judge determines Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, county attorney Jenny Madkour wrote today in a response to a lawsuit filed against county and state officials. "Current Oregon law discriminates against same-sex couples seeking to marry," Madkour wrote. "The guarantees ...   More
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Winning By Default

Marriage equality is on its way to Oregon despite advocates’ tactical errors.

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When Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced last week that her office would not defend the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, it signaled the decade-long battle for marriage    More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Hotseat: Richard Carlbom

The veteran of Minnesota’s successful fight for the freedom to marry says Oregon paved the path to victory.

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Richard Carlbom led the campaign that legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota last year. Now he’s in charge of the coordinated 33-state campaign for the advocacy group Freedom to Marry.   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 WW Staff

Republican Rep. Julie Parrish Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

Deputy House GOP leader breaks with party platform


Add Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn/Tualatin) to the growing list of Oregon Republicans who support the same sex-marriage measure aimed at the 2014 ballot. Last week, WW reported that a group of bold-faced Republican names have formed a political action committee calls Freedom Oregon to support the measure. That group includes former U.S. Bob Packwood; former Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer; ...   More
Monday, February 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

State of Oregon Finds Substantial Evidence Gresham Bakers Discriminated Illegally

Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013.


The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says in a press release today that it found "substantial evidence" that Sweet Cakes by Melissa committed unlawful discrimination when it refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013. The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 made it illegal in the state of Oregon for a public business to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.The ...   More
Friday, January 17, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Campaign Whisperers

Hints of Oregon’s political future in 2014 can be seen in the contributions of 2013.

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It’s 2014, an election year that will bring before voters an astonishingly broad list of ballot measures, a race for the U.S. Senate and an Oregon governor seeking an unprecedented fourth term. But clues to the key turning points in    More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS


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