Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Oregon since May 19, , when a U. Federal District Court judge ruled that Oregon's state constitutional amendment banning such marriages discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Federal Constitution. A campaign that was then under way to win voter approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage was suspended following the decision. In July , the Governor of Oregon signed into law a bill passed by the state Legislature to codify gender-neutral marriage in various Oregon statutes. The law change went into effect on January 1,
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Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Oregon. Same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since May , when a federal judge declared the state's constitutional ban on such marriages unconstitutional. Previously, same-sex couples could only access domestic partnerships, which guaranteed most of the rights of marriage. Additionally, same-sex couples are allowed to jointly adopt. Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations is outlawed in the state under the Oregon Equality Act , enacted in
Basic Rights Oregon, a c 4 organization, was formed in out of community responses to anti-gay ballot measures that had plagued Oregon for more than 20 years. In fulfilling its mission to build power for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Oregonians, the organizations collectively known as Basic Rights Oregon have secured historic victories. Our history:.