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Organized labor will be a key ally, and, fortunately, unions haven't forgotten how Basic Rights Oregon mobilized some 80 percent of gay voters to defeat two antilabor ballot initiatives last fall (one of which was defeated by only 1 percent).
Basic Rights Oregon killed nine anti-gay bills in the state legislature in 1999 and thanks its wildly successful Voter File Project, a coalition of LGBT, labor, environmental, people of color, women's rights, and other progressive groups.
In the past HRC has had really strained relationships with state organizations," says Roey Thorpe, director of Basic Rights Oregon, which in November unsuccessfully fought a state constitutional amendment to outlaw same-sex marriage.
Today is huge," said Kathy Formella, a local organizer for Basic Rights Oregon, which spearheaded the rally along with Oregon United for Marriage, a coalition of groups for same-sex marriage.
In light of the Massachusetts high court decision allowing same-sex marriage last year, Thorpe's group, Basic Rights Oregon, had been lobbying local county commissioners for months.
Basic Rights Oregon and other groups sponsoring the initiative have faced some difficult tactical choices.
As Roey Thorpe, executive director of the gay rights group Basic Rights Oregon, said after that state's ballot initiative passed, "The very notion that our constitution can be changed to deny rights to a minority with a vote of a simple majority of those who turn out is ludicrous.
A discussion facilitated by Basic Rights Oregon will follow the reading.
In a written statement addressing married same-sex couples in Oregon, Roey Thorpe, executive director of the gay advocacy group Basic Rights Oregon, said, "While you already know in your hearts that you are married, an Oregon court has just taken a giant step toward making sure the state treats your marriage just like all other marriages.
Basic Rights Oregon - Lord Leebrick Theatre will host a free public discussion at 4:30 p.
The amazing Roey Thorpe and Basic Rights Oregon had dozens and dozens of volunteers keeping things orderly, shepherding couples through the process, and handing out doughnuts.
It was sponsored by the Lane County chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon and Basic Rights Oregon, a Portland-based nonprofit group working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered residents.
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