Thursday, 13 February 2014 00:35

Oregon Voters Could Decide On The Equal Marriage And Religious Exemption

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This year, the voters of Oregon will probably have to rule on two issues related to the LGBT community.

First, they must take a stand for or against marriage equality before deciding whether businesses have the right to discriminate against people by virtue of their religion.

"This is not a sideshow issue," said James Esseks of the American Civil Liberties Union. "This is going to be the issue that we fight about for the next ten years, at least, in the (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights movement."

In Oregon, for the moment, a law protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation.