Law doing end run around voters

Editor:

Oregon’s new Domestic Partnership law (HB 2007) imposes by fiat what the citizens of Oregon in 2004 expressly denied by limiting marriage and its benefits to one man and one woman.

The Domestic Partnership law adds “or domestic partnership” after “marriage” 17 times in Oregon law.

Oregon’s Democratically controlled legislature usurped the will of the Oregon people to ban same-sex marriage by creating technical distinctions to disguise granting virtually all benefits of Oregon marriage to same-sex couples.

If this Orwellian legislation becomes law, only same-sex couples would be allowed to form domestic partnerships whereby they gain virtually all the benefits and rights of marriage with none of the responsibilities.

Cousins, brothers, sisters and unmarried male and female couples are discriminated against and have no opportunity to gain the enormous economic and political benefits of this liberal Democrat-conceived domestic partnership bonanza.

In addition, Senate Bill 2 establishes a new “protected class” of citizens based on “sexual orientation,” which the bill defines as “an individual’s actual or perceived heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender identity, regardless of whether the individual’s gender identity, appearance, expression or behavior differs from that traditionally associated with the individual’s sex and birth.” (p. 1:17-20)

In other words, SB 2 now defines male and female according to one’s “perceived” orientation not physical or historical fact, and this “perceived” sexual orientation can change at will without regulatory challenge because that would constitute discrimination.

By this legislation, a male could decide he is identifying with the female gender in the morning and use the women’s restroom and wear clothes historically associated with women’s wear and in the afternoon “perceive” himself as male and change clothes accordingly.

This behavior could not be challenged by a supervisor nor could coworkers object because by law that would constitute discrimination and a hostile workplace. If this legislation becomes law, every person in Oregon would have the right to behave according to their own arbitrary standard for what they “perceive” to be their sexual orientation and gender. Oregon would become a modern Sodom and Gomorrah.

To enforce this new morality, the Oregon Legislative Assembly intends to provide “a program of public education calculated to eliminate attitudes upon which practices of discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age or disability are based.” (p. 2:5-9)

In other words, the state of Oregon is now going to attempt to determine how Oregonians think and what they are to believe. In addition, the state of Oregon, according to section four (p. 2:39-45) has granted itself the power to determine if the beliefs of a church or other religious institution are consistent with SB 2’s intent to protect a special class of citizens based on “perceived” sexual orientation.

By this legislation, the state has granted itself the sole authority to determine what is a “bona fide” church, which violates the Oregon Constitution, which declares, “All men shall be secure in the natural right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences.”

Concerned Oregonians are circulating petitions in Oregon to prevent these bills from becoming law on Jan. 1, 2008. Please sign a petition to allow the citizens of Oregon, not the legislature, the opportunity to determine how we are to live and what we are to believe.

For more information, see http://www.concernedoregonians.com.

Stuart Dick

Pendleton

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