Basic Rights Oregon responds to today’s Prop. 8 decision

Following a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that California’s Prop 8 is unconstitutional, Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director Jeana Frazzini released the following statement today:

“Today’s ruling is a victory for all loving and committed same-sex couples in California and across the nation,” “We applaud the 9th Circuit for standing on the right side of history. Today’s ruling, if upheld will restore the freedom to marry in California and add our nation’s largest state as another engine of progress for the country.”

“Here in Oregon this issue will be decided not in a courtroom by judges, but in the court of public opinion by the voters of our great state. The Court’s decision adds momentum to our effort to win the freedom to marry at the ballot box in Oregon.”

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CAUSA & Basic Rights Oregon team up for Spanish radio campaign promoting freedom to marry

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New radio ads designed to reach out to Latino communities about the freedom to marry hit Oregon airwaves this week. The ad campaign also highlights the strong relationship between two statewide, grassroots organizations: Basic Rights Oregon, which advocates for gay and transgender rights, and CAUSA, which advocates for immigrant rights.

The ads, which will run on Spanish-language radio in the Portland region for four weeks, tell the stories of Latino families coming to terms with having a gay child, and underscore the importance of family supporting each other. You can listen to the ad (in Spanish) here: [display_podcast]

Excerpt from one ad (translated to English):

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Wanna make Mayor Sam Adams sing? Donate to Basic Rights Oregon

Tina Kotek offers up a challenge on the mic

Oregon State Representative, and out lesbian, Tina Kotek is a good sport. She wants to help raise money for Basic Rights Oregon as part of their summer organizing campaign. So here’s to hoping that our Mayor Sam Adams is also a good sport (and from what I’ve seen I think he is), because Kotek has thrown down the gauntlet, saying,

…I’ve decided to up the ante. I’m laying down a challenge – if you help raise $7,500 by next week, I will challenge Mayor Sam Adams to a Karaoke contest at a Basic Rights Oregon summer garden party!

It’s a lofty goal for 7 days or less to be sure, but even meager contributions help get us on the path to 7500.

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Basic Rights Oregon launches new ad campaign

BRO campaigns for Measure 36 repeal
BRO campaigns for Measure 36 repeal

BRO campaigns for Measure 36 repeal

Localgay rights organisation, Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) is launching a new ad campaign, which begun by showing ads on TV as recently as last week. (If you have seen them, please comment!) Next to showing ads of long-time monogamous gay couples on TV, their campaign involves hitting the streets, engaging in conversations, and handing out leaflets.

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An important note from Basic Rights Oregon about Measures 66 and 67


New report documents devastating impact for gay and transgender Oregonians if Measures 66 and 67 fail

(PORTLAND, OREGON – FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2010) – As ballots begin arriving in mailboxes around the state, Basic Rights Oregon today distributed a new report documenting the impact of budget cuts expected if Measures 66 and 67 fail.

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Basic Rights Oregon kicks off ‘Marriage Matters to Me’ campaign

Evan Wolfson - Executive Direction Freedom to Marry

Evan Wolfson - Executive Direction Freedom to Marry

Starting today Basic Rights Oregon begins a big Marriage Matters to Me campaign with events in Portland, Bend and Eugene. All three will feature Evan Wolfson, founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, a national gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality across the country. In 2004 TIME magazine named Wolfson one of the “100 most influential people in the world.” Wolfson is the author of “Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People’s Right to Marry”. He wrote the book on marriage, literally.

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Basic Rights Oregon’s first YouTube address

If the Prez can do it, than so can director of  local LGBTQ organization Basic Rights Oregon…that is, address the nation on YouTube. Director Jean Frazzini takes to the inter-tubes to talk about Oregon’s path to marriage.

Basic Rights Oregon names new Executive Director


New Basic Rights Oregon lawsuits

As a press conference within the hour will relate, Basic Rights Oregon, is filing suit against the state of Oregon beginning today. This case involved the parental rights of two women, Jeana Frazzini and K.D. Parman, and their son Emmett Rocco. Bryan Boyd, formerly of GayRightsWatch and now of BRO says: “This case, and the following cases that will be filed are, for the most part, based on the Tanner decision in 1998.” A court decision that said the state is contitutionally prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation as it relates to state benefits, priviledges, services, and immunities. The argument here, then, being that Frazzini should not have to file for second parent-adoption because she and Parman were not married but that, as they would have gotten married if they could have she should both automatically be considered the child’s other parent. This, simulataneously, makes the case for the marriage as well as the parentage. A bit roundabout but a positive step nonetheless. Below are three PDFs of the formal complaint, the press release, and a fact sheet. Check these out, and for continuing coverage be sure to check the BRO blog.

Press release
Fact sheet
Formal complaint

Willy Week also lays out some news.

Bites for Rights this Thursday

Portlanders gay and straight alike are fond of their food. They’re also fond of their politics so what better way to combine those joys than to eat your way to a better world for gay, lesbian and transgender rights.

The 12th Annual Bites for Rights event is Thursday, June 23rd! For one day only, fair-minded restaurants, coffeehouses, bakeries, bars and food carts across the state will donate a portion of their proceeds to Basic Rights Oregon. Bites for Rights is a fundraising event that supports Basic Rights Oregon’s work to ensure equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Oregonians.

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