Thu Feb 14, 2013, 10:43 PM
Coyotl (10,790 posts)
Avakian and Merkley team up to produce historic win for LGBT military burial rights
Don't Ask, Don't Tell may have ended, but the Defense of Marriage Act means that the federal government still doesn't recognize same-sex marriages. And that has a direct impact on LGBT military personnel who wish to be buried with their spouses in national military cemeteries, as is allowed for straight couples.
When Nancy Lynchild was diagnosed with cancer last year, she and her wife - Lt. Col. Linda Campbell, a former military aide to Governor Vic Atiyeh - realized that she wouldn't likely live to see the policy changed.
That is, until a chance phone call between Campbell and Avakian. ...........
As Oregon's chief civil rights enforcer, Avakian dug into the federal law -- and found an exception.
Read more: http://www.blueoregon.com/2013/02/avakian-and-merkley-team-produce-historic-win-lgbt-military-burial-rights/
We have some great politicos in Oregon. Brad Avakian is someone to watch. Merkley is a great progressive.
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Response to Coyotl (Original post)
Thu Feb 14, 2013, 11:22 PM
davidpdx (19,835 posts)
2. I think it is excellent that Merkley and Avakain are able to team up
to find a solution. We also need to reverse Measure 36 (2004) which was a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman which passed by 240,000 votes with 56.63%.
Oregon is a very progressive state, the first to pass doctor assisted suicide and the first to pass medicinal marijuana. I was shocked when M 36 passed.
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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 10:57 AM
Coyotl (10,790 posts)
5. There is a new ballot measure starting now. It was on Eugene NPR local station news yesterday.
Backers of gay marriage will take their cause to Oregon ballot in 2014.
Backers of gay marriage say they will take their fight to Oregonís 2014 ballot, setting up a high-profile political contest on the emotional issue in a state that voted less than a decade ago to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.
The stateís major gay-rights group, Basic Rights Oregon, made the decision over the weekend to launch a petition drive on Monday to put a measure on the ballot that would allow legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Given the groupís resources and the issueís high visibility, there is little doubt the group can qualify the measure for the November general election.