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Oregon anti-gays lose another round – fail to block domestic partnerships

In an attempt to prevent Oregon's new same-sex domestic partnership law from taking effect, the homophobes started a petition campaign. It has failed to garner enough signatures.

The Oregon measure covers benefits related to inheritance rights, child-rearing and custody, joint state tax filings, joint health, auto and homeowners insurance policies, visitation rights at hospitals and others. It does not affect federal benefits for married couples, including Social Security and joint filing of federal tax returns.

Former state Sen. Marylin Shannon, a spokeswoman for the opponents' petition drive, and other social conservatives believe the domestic partners bill violates the intent of voters who in 2004 adopted a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

“This just flies right in the face of that ban,” the former Republican lawmaker said.

Gay rights backers said most Oregonians make a distinction between gay marriage and domestic partnerships, and they support providing protection under state law for same-sex couples who are in committed relationships that currently are not recognized by the state.

Oh, the homobigots aren't giving up just yet.

Opponents had conceded in recent days that they probably hadn't gotten enough signatures. But they vowed to take another avenue to try to derail the law along with another law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Hat tip, Dana of Mombian.

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