LGBTQ CIVIL RIGHTS

I was so proud of Oregon this year when a federal judge overturned the Constitutional ban on equal marriage this summer. It was the result of years of hard work and organizing by countless dedicated individuals who believe that LGBTQ people deserve the same rights as anyone else in all aspects of civil and legal society. The win for equal marriage made Oregon the 18th state to legalize same sex marriage. The rulings are moving so fast, including with the recent Supreme Court deferred decision that now there are over 30 states that legalize same sex marriage.

Winning the right to marry is only the beginning of the conversation, but it is a start, and like all conversations, like all dialogues, like everything in life, something has to start somewhere, and this is where we begin to live with dignity. As a lesbian and a transgendered person, I am proud of my queer, trans, gay, bisexual and lesbian sisters and brothers. We contribute to the American experiment in so many beautiful ways. I believe Americans generally support LGBTQ people in the quest for the same rights most people have already. No human being is lessened by having freedom. Let us give all of our citizens their full rights and live out this bold experiment we call democracy.

I support the right to Equal Marriage for all LGBTQ people as a Federal right and not just a State right granted by some States but denied by others. I support the elimination of all laws which discriminate against LGBTQ people in the rights of adoption, spousal visitation and inheritance. I support the elimination of discrimination in employment against persons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity through the passage of ENDA, the Employee Non Discrimination Act.

For more information on groups doing similar work please visit
Basic Rights Oregon www.basicrights.org
Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org

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