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Tetherow Golf Club - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Bend, OR, USA

Tetherow Golf Club
61240 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend, OR, 97702, USA

Phone: 1 541 388-2582
Toll Free: 1 877 298-2582
Fax: 1 541 388-9810
Contact: Heather Arns

Serving: Bend/Central Oregon
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Event Location in Bend, OR, USA. With spectacular Cascade Mountain and golf views, Tetherow provides a dramatic and memorable backdrop for weddings, receptions and stunning photography. Designed for both indoor and outdoor events, Tetherow gracefully blends Northwest styling with European design influences to create a unique and versatile venue. Outdoor weddings and receptions can accommodate up to 200 guests, while indoor ceremonies and receptions are picture-perfect for a more intimate gathering of close family and friends.
USA, OR, Bend - Gay Friendly

Jeff Walls Photography - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Portland, OR, USA

Jeff Walls Photography
6707 N.E. Klickitat St., Portland, OR, 97213, USA

Phone: 1 503 927-2132
Contact: Jeffery Walls

Serving: Pacific North West
Purple Unions Disc: 10%, Mention PURPLE UNIONS

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Portland, OR, USA. Jeffery has been a professional photographer since 1998 and the staff photographer for Bitch Magazine: feminist response to pop culture, for over 10 years. Jeff's keen eye for detail and fine tuned timing has made him one of west coast best event photographers for over 15 years.
USA, OR, Portland - Gay Friendly

Turn Loose The Art - Gay FriendlyPhotography / Videography in Portland, OR, USA

Turn Loose The Art
16617 NW Avondale Dr, Portland, OR, 97006, USA

Phone: 1 503 828-0848
Contact: Joe Rumore

Serving: Oregon
Purple Unions Disc: No

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Portland, OR, USA. Portland Wedding Photographers Turn Loose The Art is a boutique wedding photography studio specializing in artistic wedding photography for all couples in love with each other! A unique husband and wife team focus their photography experience and unparalleled shooting style to produce the end result of vibrant and meaningful wedding images. They are a strong supporter of gay rights and firmly believe that everyone; gay, lesbian, transgender or straight should have the right to marry!
USA, OR, Portland - Gay Friendly

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Gay Marriage Laws in Oregon

Relationship Recognition: Domestic Partnerships
Out of State Recognition: No
Adoption: Yes

If we know about any local marriage equality events, we'll list them here.

Portland: Jul 17, 2014, Oregonians Against Discrimination Business Leaders Luncheon, Oregon Convention Center. Details

Portland: Oct 10, 2014, IGNITE!. Details

Statewide: Jun 19, 2014, Bites for Rights. Details

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Gay Marriage News in Oregon

USA, Oregon: Judge Denies NOM Request to Join Hearing, But Will Consider Intervention

Apr 23rd, 2014

A Federal Judge turned down National Organization for Marriage's request to defend the state's ban on marriage equality. For now. Joe.My.God reports:

Moments ago, Judge Michael McShane denied the National Organization for Marriage's attempt to delay tomorrow's scheduled oral arguments in federal lawsuit challenging Oregon's marriage ban. Previously, no party had stepped up to defend the ban. But this... read_more

USA, Oregon: Marriage Equality Lawsuit to Be Heard This Week

Apr 21st, 2014

Oregon's marriage equality lawsuit gets its day in court this week - with no one defending the ban. KOIN reports:

Oregon's attorney general, Democrat Ellen Rosenblum, says the state's ban is legally indefensible. Her office filed a lengthy brief urging judge U.S. District Judge Michael McShane to throw it out. There have been no legal arguments submitted for upholding the... read_more

USA, Oregon: A Marriage Equality Timeline

Apr 17th, 2014

Here in Oregon we're days away from a marriage equality ruling and we're waiting with baited breath... but should we be? In January a federal Judge in Eugene consolidated two lawsuits that are challenging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. With the consolidation of these cases, U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane will be issuing a summary judgment on April 23, 2014,... read_more

USA, Oregon: UCLA Says Marriage Equality Would Add $47.3 Million to State Economy

Apr 16th, 2014

Allowing same-sex couples to marry would boost Oregon's economy by $47.3 million over the first three years and generate 468 new jobs in the state, according to an independent research report conducted by UCLA's Williams Institute. The study released today uses data from sources such as the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. It estimates that 5,887 Oregton gay and... read_more

USA, Oregon: Oregon United for Marriage Calls for Quick Ruling on Marriage Equality

Apr 2nd, 2014

Both the group pushing for a marriage equality vote in November and a group of corporations in favor of it made news yesterday. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Sponsors of a ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Oregon asked a federal judge on Tuesday to make a speedy ruling in a case that challenges the state's ban on same-sex weddings. At... read_more

USA, Oregon: AG Says Marriage Equality Ban Unconstitutional, State Ready to Marry Same Sex Couples

Mar 19th, 2014

In a strongly-worded 35 page brief, Oregon Attorney general Ellen Rosenblum indicated the state is ready for marriage equality. Edge Boston reports:

Oregon's attorney general told a federal court Tuesday why she believes the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal constitutional rights of homosexual couples. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum added that Oregon is prepared to implement gay... read_more

USA, Oregon: Attorney General Accepts "Discrimination" Wording for Right to Discriminate Initiative

Mar 15th, 2014

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum agreed with proponents of marriage equality that a proposed ballot initiative that would allow wedding vendors to refuse service to same sex couples should include the word discrimination. Towleroad.com reports:

Proponents had avoided ballot measure language that mentioned the word 'discrimination' in their 'Protect Religious Freedom Initiative'. Rosenblum disagreed, issuing a ballot title that reads:
"Religious... read_more

USA, Oregon: State GOP Throws Cold Water on Young Republicans' Marriage Equality Endorsement

Mar 13th, 2014

Showing that the GOP in Oregon is just as retrograde as anywhere else, the state party rebuked the Dorchester Conference for supporting marriage equality. Think Progress reports:

At this past weekend's Dorchester Conference in Oregon, young Republicans convinced their fellow attendees to support marriage equality, which they did by a vote of 233-162. After numerous media outlets reported this week... read_more

USA, Oregon: Update from Oregon United for Marriage

Mar 5th, 2014

Our friend Peter Zuckerman, Press secretary for OUFM, sent over an update on the fight there: ----------- It’s an incredible time for the freedom to marry in Oregon. In the courts or at the ballot, we will win—and defend—marriage in 2014! RECORD HIGH SUPPORT Support for the freedom to marry in Oregon is at a record high of 55%, according to polling Oregon United... read_more

USA, Oregon: Catholic Group Joins Push for Marriage Equality

Mar 5th, 2014

To mark the start of Lent, Catholics are gathering in front of St. Mary's Cathedral to speak out against a proposed measure that would discriminate against Oregonians because of who they are and whom they love. Catholic Oregonians for Marriage Equality members also plan to attend Ash Wednesday Mass at the cathedral while wearing violet, the liturgical color for the Season... read_more

USA, Oregon: AG Won't Defend Marriage Equality Ban; Poll Shows 55% Support

Feb 21st, 2014

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced yesterday that she will not defend the state's ban on gay marriage in court. The Washington Blade reports:

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced on Thursday she won't defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage against a legal challenge, saying the law cannot withstand judicial scrutiny "under any standard of review." Meanwhile, the campaign... read_more

USA, Oregon: Marriage EqualityGroup Has 120% of the Signatures Needed

Feb 12th, 2014

The Oregon United for Marriage group has exceeded the number of signatures needed (if all are valid) to put marriage equality on the ballot there in November. From their press release: During Valentine’s Day weekend, Oregon United for Marriage is kicking off a series of parties and events across the state to finish collecting the signatures needed to place the... read_more

USA, Oregon: Religious Exemption Initiative Could Join Marriage Equality on Ballot

Feb 2nd, 2014

The group "Friends of Religious Freedom" is pushing a ballot initiative that would exempt religious people from having to work with same sex couples for their weddings. Reuters reports:

Oregon voters will likely face two questions about gay marriage when they go to the ballot this year: whether to become the 18th state to let same-sex couples wed, and whether... read_more

Marriage Equality Round-Up 12/22/13

Dec 22nd, 2013

Here's our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don't warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn't have time to add. We're able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day - enjoy! Australia: A number of binational same-sex couples in Australia are threatened with deportation.... read_more

USA, Oregon: Adorable Gay Couple of 60 Years Crosses River to Marry

Dec 19th, 2013

60 years! Mark and I've been together for 21 – these guys been together three times as long. Amazing. OPB reports:

Eric Marcoux and Eugene Woodworth have been together since they the day they met in Chicago in 1953. "I am here today to be legally married to Eugene Woodworth, with whom I have had an intimate deeply committed... read_more

USA, Oregon: Marriage Equality Petition Drive Reaches Initial Goal

Dec 8th, 2013

A signature drive ion Oregon has reached the number needed to quality for the ballot - if all the signatures are valid. On Top Magazine reports:

An Oregon petition drive to put the issue of gay marriage before voters next year has hit its goal of 116,284 signatures needed to qualify for the 2014 ballot. The group Oregon United for... read_more

USA, Oregon: Ninth Circuit Rules Domestic Partnerships to Be Treated the Same as Marriage

Dec 3rd, 2013

Although it is currently limited to a single case in Oregon, the latest ruling from the Ninth Circuit court could be a blockbuster. The Advocate reports:

A three-judge panel from the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals declared Monday that same-sex couples in domestic partnerships in states without marriage equality must be recognized as married for the purpose of federal... read_more

USA, Oregon: Teen Uses Bar Mitzvah Speech to Call for Marriage Equality

Dec 1st, 2013

A little happy for your Sunday morning - watch as a teenager speaks out for marriage equality at his Bar Mitzvah. The Advocate reports:

The case for marriage equality is so important to 13-year-old Duncan McAlpine Sennett that he used his Bar Mitzvah to deliver a persuasive argument to his guests. It's been such a success that more than 20,000... read_more

USA, Oregon: Ninth Circuit Says Domestic Partnerships Don't Provide Equal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Nov 27th, 2013

Ruling in a case out of Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council stated that the mystic partnerships are not the equivalent of marriage. Think Progress reports:

The decision navigates the confusing conflict between how states and the federal government recognize same-sex relationships since the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (United States v. Windsor). Oregon does not offer... read_more

USA, Oregon: Gay and Lesbian Couples Crossing the Border to Marry in Washington State

Nov 26th, 2013

Now that Oregon has declared that it will recognize same-sex marriages from other states, gay lesbian couples in Portland are crossing the border in large numbers to marry in southern Washington. The Colombian reports:

Portlanders Grant Edwards and Jim McPartland "waited and waited" to get married. They'd been living together for seven years. They wanted the world to know about... read_more

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At Purple Unions, we take marriage equality seriously. As a gay couple who have been together since 1992, we know that gay and lesbian couples can and do form long-term, stable, supportive relationships, and we believe the institution of marriage and all the responsabilities and benefits that come with it should be opened up to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. To this end, we created Purple Unions as a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Oregon currently allows domestic partnerships with the same legal rights as marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Oregon does not recognize gay marriages from other jurisdictions, but the state does allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples.

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