In his 2002 re-election campaign, Gordon Smith was endorsed by a number of gay rights leaders. Later, he pledged to support civil unions at the state level.
Sen. Gordon Smith, a Republican, has supported legislation to protect gays from hate crimes. He said he would back a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman if it clearly gave states the right to create civil unions, which give gays some of the legal benefits of marriage. –Statesman-Journal, 3/15/04
So, here's the question: Gordon Smith, will you call Speaker Karen Minnis and demand an up-or-down vote on civil unions? Will you put your principles ahead of politics?
From the Democratic Party of Oregon:
“Gordon Smith should spend five minutes of his day to pick up the phone or declare publicly that Karen Minnis needs to grant an up-or-down vote on the most important legislation for gays and lesbians in the history of Oregon,” said Jim Edmunson, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Oregon. “This is a test of Gordon Smith’s true leadership on these issues.”
As for the rest of you, feel free to call 503-326-3386 yourself and ask Gordon Smith to call Karen Minnis.