Today Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed Senate Bill 2 and House Bill 2007 into law. These bills prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and establish legal recognition of same sex relationships. I wish I had been in Salem today to hear his words…
“If you look at the majority of the bills that pass each session, they are what I call transactional, however, every decade or so there are a few bills that are actually transformational – and House Bill 2007 and Senate Bill 2 are two pieces of legislation that will literally transform our state from one of exclusion to one of complete inclusion.”
With this legislation Oregon becomes the 8th State to recognize same sex relationships and the 18th to establish anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation. Better yet, Oregon’s anti-discrimination legislation is one of very few in the nation to include transgendered persons.
I’m sure there will be challenges to these laws and if the Republicans win a legislative majority in the near future this legislation may be overturned, but today we celebrate.
BTW – this also makes the entire left coast gay friendly!