Measured Against Reality

Saturday, October 13, 2007

A Good Sign

It seems that with gay marriage I only hear bad news, so when I see that Oregon has a domestic partnership law that's about to go into effect, well it lifts the spirits. Granted it's not full marriage, and it is in one of the more liberal states, but it's a step in the right direction. And after we've taken so many steps in the wrong direction with 20-some-odd states banning gay marriage outright, it's nice to see a positive one.

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  • Just a bit of history to go along with this, since I live about ten miles from the border. Yes, I completely agree with you that the domestic partnership law is a step in the right direction. I would not have it any other way, if I controlled such things. However, this is also a state that has banned gay marriage. (Trust me, I lived there and voted on that measure. I wore all black the next day "in mourning for my home state") In fact, when this law was first proposed, many of the closed minded bigots who voted for the original measure were saying that the state government was going against what the people had voted in. (a valid point, in a lot of ways) Personally, I'm glad they found a way around it (calling it something else and having it mean the same thing) but I worry what this all means for Oregon. The right-wingers have already started opposing this move and were quite close to squashing it. (They got caught and penalized for duplicate signatures, which takes away hundreds from the total, otherwise they would have had enough signatures.

    Mind you, I still think this is a fantastic move, but we shall see how it plays out.

    By Blogger Terra, at 11:05 PM, October 13, 2007  

  • That surprises me coming from Oregon, but thanks for the back-story.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 11:08 PM, October 13, 2007  

  • It surprised (and deeply saddened) me too. This came on the heels of one of the Portland counties (Multnomah) legalizing (for a short time) gay marriage. There were people lined up around the County courthouse for weeks. People were coming from far away for the privilege of standing in a ridiculously long line, so that the law would recognize the commitment they had already made to each other. My work commute at the time took me past the courthouse and I always honked on my way past. It made me teary-eyed to see it. Even the memory still does. I know some people would probably think I was silly for taking it so seriously, but to me, this is a serious issue. Then, shortly after, some asshat ruled that the County couldn't do that and all the marriages were annulled. What a sad time. I can't imagine being one of those couples. This is why I'm skeptical about how the domestic partnership thing is going to play out. I feel once bitten, ya know?

    By Blogger Terra, at 8:38 AM, October 15, 2007  

  • Yeah, I can understand why you'd be skeptical about this new law. I guess there's nothing we can do but sit and wait.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 9:31 AM, October 15, 2007  

  • WTF?

    By Blogger Terra, at 10:24 PM, October 17, 2007  

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