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February 20, 2014 03:10 PM

Below is a statement from Oregon's AG on why Oregon won't defend it's gay marriage ban (yay!)

My favorite part is this quote "The law in this area is developing and it is now clear that there is no rational basis for Oregon to refuse to honor the commitments made by same-sex couples in the same way it honors the commitments of opposite-sex couples. Marriage is the way that loving couples become family to each other and to their extended families, and there is no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from marriage in Oregon, or from having their marriages recognized here.

Because we cannot identify a valid reason for the state to prevent the couples who have filed these lawsuits from marrying in Oregon, we find ourselves unable to stand before federal Judge McShane to defend the state’s prohibition against marriages between two men or two women."

 

STATEMENT OF OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL ELLEN ROSENBLUM ON THE SUBJECT OF PENDING LITIGATION CHALLENGING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN

Good morning. As many Oregonians are aware, four couples have brought suit against the state, asking a federal court to find that Oregon’s ban on marriage by couples of the same sex violates the right of equality enshrined in the United States Constitution. I am named as a defendant in the lawsuits, along with the Governor, and it falls on my office to appear on behalf of the state before the court and answer the couples’ claims.

Usually — though not always — my office defends the state in litigation. As Attorney General, I have sworn an oath to uphold our state’s constitution. The lawyers in my office have sworn the same oath. The oath we took also requires us to uphold the Constitution of the United States – which is the supreme law of our land. Of course, we all take these oaths very seriously.

So it is after much careful study and consideration that I stand before you today to announce that the Oregon Department of Justice will not defend the prohibition in our state's constitution against marriages between people of the same sex. A document called an “answer” filed with the court earlier this morning informed Judge McShane of our decision. Copies are available for you.

Because our office also represents the people of Oregon, a brief explanation is in order.

The Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution gives people the right to be treated equally by their government, unless there is a good reason for unequal treatment. That is, any time the government establishes different sets of rules or laws for different sets of people, there must at least be what the law calls a “rational basis” for those differences.

The law in this area is developing and it is now clear that there is no rational basis for Oregon to refuse to honor the commitments made by same-sex couples in the same way it honors the commitments of opposite-sex couples. Marriage is the way that loving couples become family to each other and to their extended families, and there is no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from marriage in Oregon, or from having their marriages recognized here.

Because we cannot identify a valid reason for the state to prevent the couples who have filed these lawsuits from marrying in Oregon, we find ourselves unable to stand before federal Judge McShane to defend the state’s prohibition against marriages between two men or two women.

We will be explaining our legal reasoning to Judge McShane as this case proceeds. Those of you who are interested will be more than welcome to review our pleadings as they are filed. Legal papers that are due by April will fully address our analysis and that of the other parties in the two cases that are now consolidated.

Thank you.

 

Oregon Department of Justice

February 18, 2014 10:15 AM

Next time you're out and about, keep in mind that EPD is watching for common causes of accidents: speeding, misuse of cell phones, misuse of seat belts, following too closely, lane violations and failure to obey traffic control devices. Of course, EW readers always drive wisely.

Here's where they plan to be:

 

·         February 26 - Valley River Way & Valley River Drive
·         March 18 - I-105 & West 7th
·         April 29 - West 18th & Chambers 
·         May 19 & 23 - MLK & Coburg Road  
·         June 17 - West 11th & Bertelsen 
February 17, 2014 06:22 PM

Occupy Eugene and the SLEEPS (Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep) campaign bring you an informational video on how to stay warm in the winter. Think of threes: "Those three things will keep you warm warm, so I can be out here functioning, no problem," Griml says in the video. SLEEPS has been occupying the old Federal Building for the last four months fighting the camping ban.

 

February 12, 2014 02:04 PM

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February 10, 2014 02:50 PM

Former Eugene resident making great music in Nashville.

February 6, 2014 04:13 PM

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Photos contributed by Jeremy Mabe

 

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January 31, 2014 05:40 PM

Last night, (sub)Urban Projections in conjunction with the city of Eugene (and help from Harmonic Laboratory, hosted one of the best art events of 2014 thus far (people should not forget this event when "Best of Eugene" rolls around). At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I would say it was transcendent. The Hult Center's lobby, a marvel of architecture with it's M.C. Escherian staircases and soaring, multilevel ceilings, became a trippy wonderland filled with some of the town's best modern dancers, digital artists and musicians.  In a perfectly paced one-hour event, (sub)Urban Projections guided a huge crowd through the nine different acts that made up  the digital art festival. Each act took place at a different spot, spanning levels and staircases, at five minute intervals. Meanwhile, there was also interactive ambient art that people could play around with. The crowd, which was much younger than the average audience that frequents the Hult, was captivated. Let's hope there's much more of these city-sponsored events to come.

Ninkasi is hosting a "Projection Reception" for the digital arts festival tonight.

January 30, 2014 05:52 PM

This is the update from Oregon Department of Environmental Quality today. Irony duly noted.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued a penalty totaling $12,089 to Northwest Hazmat Inc. for storing hazardous waste without a permit and failing to transport hazardous waste to the intended disposal facility. A portion of the penalty reflects the fact that Northwest Hazmat is a professional hazardous waste transporter and provides hazardous waste cleanup services, and consulting and training in hazardous waste management, and therefore is expected to know the regulations.

January 30, 2014 02:30 PM

This just out this week from OSPIRG:

In light of recent privacy breaches at retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and a potential breach this past week at Michaels, OSPIRG today released a resource, "Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft", offering straightforward steps consumers can take to help keep control of their information.

The resource includes advice on how to avoid identity theft, how to detect it and what to do if your information has been compromised. OSPIRG's advice covers how to make secure payments as well as how to minimize the damage identity theft can do to your credit. Consumers can also find information on how to take advantage of assistance offered by government agencies in restoring security to their information.

The top tips include:

 • Check your credit card and bank account statements regularlyfor fraudulent transactions and report them immediately to the company with which you have an account.

• If someone has stolen your information, get an Identity Theft Affidavit byreporting the breach to the Federal Trade Commission using the online complaint form or by calling 1-877-ID-THEFT and requesting the Affidavit when given the option.

Contact the three major credit reporting companiesto get a free credit report and place a fraud alert and security freeze on your accounts. If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, you are entitled to an additional free credit report even if you have already received a free credit report from the credit bureaus within the last 12 months. 
Here is contact information for the three major credit reporting companies:

TransUnion: (800) 680-7289; www.transunion.com Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

• Equifax: (800) 525-6285; www.equifax.com  P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

• Experian: (888) EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com  P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013

 

"Consumers can use our guide to help avoid, detect and recover from identity theft," said OSPIRG's Evan Preston.