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Group Challenges Oregon Equality Act

gay pride flagEUGENE, Ore. — The veto of Arizona’s religious bill is just one of several controversial debates across the nation, and one group is working on similar legislation in Oregon.

The Oregon Equality Act, which passed seven years ago, makes it illegal for a business to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

But another group is working on the Protect Religious Freedom initiative. It would allow businesses to opt out of providing services for same-sex weddings.

Supporters say it would prevent people from having to violate their conscience. Opponents say it’s a misguided state of mind.

“I am very uncomfortable having the name of religion being lifted up as a way to discriminate against other people because of who they are or who they love. That is not my faith and I am totally against it,” said Jonathan Morgan, a minister.

The legal counsel for the organization behind the bill says it’s not about turning people away, but says people shouldn’t be penalized if they don’t want to participate in same-sex ceremonies.

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  1. William Ashcraft says:

    I think we should allow businesses to opt out of providing services for same-sex weddings. It should be their decision.

    Thank you, William Ashcraft

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