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Oregon kicks off marriage initiative process with high profile names

Timothy Kincaid

February 14th, 2013

Today supporters of equality in Oregon will begin gathering signatures to put an initiative on the ballot to reverse from their State Constitution the 2004 anti-gay marriage amendment. (Oregonian)

Gov. John Kitzhaber, former Gov. Barbara Roberts, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen are scheduled to attend a 3 p.m. event at Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland.

In Salem, House Speaker Tina Kotek — the first openly lesbian House speaker in the country — and Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum are scheduled to attend a 4 p.m. event at Willamette University. Both are Portland Democrats.

The mayors of Eugene and Bend are also scheduled to attend events in their respective communities this afternoon. Faith leaders are set to host a breakfast in Beaverton.

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Ben M
February 14th, 2013 | LINK

It is amazing that both the first openly lesbian Speaker of the House (Oregon) and the first openly gay male (I believe) Speaker of the House (Colorado) both assumed office in 2013.

StraightGrandmother
February 14th, 2013 | LINK

Go Oregon!

Christy
February 15th, 2013 | LINK

Actually, John Perez was the first openly gay man elected Speaker of the House – he was elected as an Assemblymember in 2008, and elected Speaker of the California Assembly in 2010.

Ben M
February 15th, 2013 | LINK

Christy – you are correct. I had forgotten that CA calls it’s lower house an “Assembly.”

And we shouldn’t forget Allan Spear, who served as President of the Minnesota Senate, 20 years ago!

Ben M
February 15th, 2013 | LINK

and it is “its” not “it’s”… too much coffee today.

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