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Oregon Senate passes domestic partnership bill

The measure, HB 2007, cleared on a 21-9 bipartisan vote. (Basic Oregon):

House Bill 2007 will create a new statute in Oregon law, separate from Oregon’s marriage statute, to provide same-sex couples with Domestic Partnerships. These Domestic Partnerships provide Oregon’s same-sex couples and their families with many important rights, responsibilities and protections under state law, currently only afforded through a marriage contract. A Domestic Partnership differs substantially from marriage in several ways: its protections are not portable outside the boundaries of Oregon, it does not grant the over 1,100 rights available through marriage under federal law, and no solemnization is necessary as it is simply a civil contract.

Basic Rights Oregon’s Interim Executive Director Aisling Coghlan said, ”Today is without question a monumental day for not only Oregon, but for our nation. Oregonians know too well the value of being able to protect our families–and this bill directly reflects that deeply held pro-family belief. Basic Rights Oregon applauds the Senators who voted in favor of basic fairness for all Oregon families, a value very much in step with the majority of Oregonians. We should all be proud of this historic day.” She continued, ”House Bill 2007 is not simply another piece of legislation, but a moral call that both the Senate and House have strongly answered and the Governor has pledged to meet.”

Governor Ted Kulongoski will sign it into law, adding Oregon to the list of states bringing gay couples closer to marriage equality —  Vermont, Connecticut, California, New Jersey, Maine and Washington state — all convey civil unions or DPs.

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