During the last legislative session, Senate Bill 1000 would have primarily done two things: ban discrimination aimed at gays and lesbians and provided for civil unions.
We all know that SB1000 met its demise in the Oregon House. However, a lesser known fact is that Senator Rick Metsger introduced SB 500, which would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation, but did not include civil union provisions.
According to some, gay rights activists criticized SB 500 for not going far enough. Organizations such as Basic Rights Oregon supported the combination of anti-discrimination legislation and civil union legislation into one bill. At the end of the day SB 1000 did not pass and SB 500 was never debated. Now Senator Metsger has re-introduced SB 500 to stand alone on its own merits, separate from civil union legislation.
So the question that I wanted to throw out there for the Blue Oregon community: should these be debated separately this year or together?Discuss.