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Oregon Gay Rights Foes Fail Again, This Time on Discrimination Law

Marilyn Shannon and her band of bigots have failed again to turn in the required amount of valid petition signatures, putting an end for now to efforts to halt a law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation from going into effect on January 1st.

Shannon_oregonThe Register-Guard reports: "Anti-gay rights activists behind the push ended up with 53,875 valid signatures — not enough to meet the 55,179-signature threshold."

Efforts to challenge Oregon's domestic partner law failed last week for the same reasons.

Governor Ted Kulongoski spoke out about the results: "This is a landmark day for Oregon because it shows who we are as a state and as a people. Oregonians proved that they do not support discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. At the same time they showed they do support legal recognition of domestic partnerships between same-sex couples."

Shannon remains undeterred, reiterating her plans to repeal the laws: "A million of us voted that a marriage is between a man and a woman. “Fifty-four legislators and the governor put these bills upon us."

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  1. So I wonder what personal issues drives Ms. Shannon to waste so much time on something that has nothing to do with her?

    Posted by: homer | Oct 15, 2007 8:12:39 AM

  2. Would someone please tell Marilyn Shannon that the United States is not a pure democracy, but was instead formed as a constitutional republic in part to keep tyranny of the majority from usurping the rights of a minority? For that matter, would someone tell Arnold Schwarzenegger the same thing?

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 15, 2007 8:19:22 AM

  3. LMAO! "...band of bigots..."

    Lovin' me some Andy this morning. HAHAHA! that's AWESOME!

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Oct 15, 2007 10:35:41 AM

  4. Marilyn Shannon is a head-case. Maybe she doesn't realize that if she couldn't get enough signatures that maybe, just maybe, "the people" don't show enough support? If they did, that might have, you know, resulted in more signatures.

    Posted by: Jon | Oct 15, 2007 12:33:45 PM

  5. Amen PeterParker! I wrote Schwarzenegger (as if it had any chance of changing anything) pointing out that this is a republic and not a direct democracy. He doesn't seem to get it, nor do most anti-gays.

    Posted by: John K. | Oct 15, 2007 1:19:07 PM

  6. I have no life. But one thing can get me out of bed in the morning, and that's the desire to make millions of people I don't know suffer. As much as possible. Yes that is correct, I am indeed a Christian, and proud of it!

    Posted by: Marilyn Shannon | Oct 15, 2007 1:21:22 PM

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