The Oregon state
senate judiciary committee, on a 3-1
vote, approved a bill that would grant domestic
partnerships to unmarried couples. The Oregon Family
Fairness Act, which would create responsibilities and
protections for all Oregon couples and their families, will
now move to the full senate for consideration. If
approved, it will then go to Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
interim executive director of the LGBT advocacy group
Basic Rights Oregon, said the advancement of the bill showed
that this upholds values that are "very much in
step with the majority of Oregonians."
"House Bill 2007
will do nothing more, though nothing less, than grant
essential rights, responsibilities, and protections that all
Oregon families need in times of crisis,"
Coghlan said in a statement. "Oregonians know
the value of being able to protect your family--and
this bill directly reflects that long-held
testified before the committee to illustrate the
discrimination they have encountered as LGBT citizens
in the state. Nancy Frantz-Geddes told the committee
about being barred from an emergency room where her
son was being treated because "only one mom
[was] allowed" into the room.
"I never again
want to be denied the right to be with my children,
especially in a time of need," Frantz-Geddes said, according
to a release. "Our children have two dedicated
parents, and making them choose is simply
unacceptable." (The Advocate)