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Although the US Supreme Court has held that the federal government cannot discriminate against gay and lesbian couples legally married and living in a state that recognizes that marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples living in Oregon are not legally recognized as spouses even unless they were married in a marriage equality state or country.
Here is a run-down on Oregon law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Oregon does not recognize same-sex marriage. Since 2004 the Oregon Constitution has stated: “It is the policy of Oregon, and its political subdivisions, that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or legally recognized as a marriage.”However, domestic partnership for same-sex couples have been available since February 4, 2008, when the Oregon Family Fairness Act took effect..
In February 2013, Basic Rights Oregon, a LGBT rights organization, formed the group Oregon United For Marriage to put an initiative on the ballot in November 2014 to provide for the legal recognition of same-sex marriages. The initiative would replace the state’s constitutional amendment restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples with the right of all persons to marry without respect to gender. On July 26, 2013, the petition campaign to get the required signatures was launched. As of November 19, 2013, almost all of the necessary signatures had been collected (115,000 of 116,284). The campaign is endorsed by the Democratic Party of Oregon and various major businesses.
On October 16, 2013, the State of Oregon decided to start recognizing marriages of same-sex couples who legally married out-of-state, based on a legal opinion saying that Oregon has a history of recognizing valid marriages performed out-of-state.
2 Adoption Law: Same-sex couples can jointly adopt or do step-parent adoption. Lesbian couples can also have access to IVF and assisted insemination. Male couples can also get access to surrogacy.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Since January 1, 2008, Oregon bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. State law covers hate crimes based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
4 Sodomy Law: Oregon decriminalized same-sex sexual activity in 1972.
5Gender Identity: In January 2013, as part of an out-of-court settlement in a discrimination suit with a public employee related to medical insurance coverage of a gender assignment surgical procedure, the state agreed to provide full medical insurance coverage for all such surgeries, drugs, and related treatment.
6Public Opinion: According to an April 2013 DHM Research poll, 49% of Oregon voters supported changing the Oregon constitution to allow same sex marriage, 42% were opposed and 9% were undecided.
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