2005-07-18

Oregon: SB 1000 Rally this Wednesday

Oregon gay rights activists will be rallying this Wednesday evening in Salem to support Senate Bill 1000.

Basic Rights Oregon provides the details:
Can ONE person really overrule the will of the Senate, the Governor, the House and the Majority of Oregonians?

Speaker of the House Karen Minnis thinks so. She’s acting more like a monarch on a throne than a fair arbiter of democracy, pledging to lock SB 1000 in a legislative dungeon where it will never see the light of day.

Don't be fooled: there is support for SB 1000 in the House. But, Speaker Minnis says SB 1000 will never come to a vote in “her” chamber. Her chamber? Apparently she has forgotten that she doesn’t own that seat—the people do!

Tell Speaker Minnis: She doesn't own the House of Representatives—the people do! And the people want an up or down vote on SB 1000 before this session ends!

The rally will begin at 6 PM in Salem on the front steps of the Oregon State Capitol (900 Court Street NE in Salem).

I called my district representative, Mitch Greenlick, today, and expressed support for the measure. The receptionist assured me that Greenlick would support SB 1000 ... "if he gets a chance to vote on it."