Officials rally for same-sex rights bill, which then was revised
By BILL CHOY
The News Guard
One day after hundreds of people rallied on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem to encourage House Speaker Karen Minnis (R–Wood Village) to hear a State Senate-passed bill on the house floor that would allow civil unions and prohibit discrimination against gays and lesbians, a house committee made substantial revisions to the bill.
On Thursday, July 21, House Republicans replaced Senate Bill 1000 with an alternative approach in a surprise announcement.
The revisions removed language that would allow civil unions for couples of the same sex as well as wording about not allowing discrimination against gays and lesbians in regards to employment, housing and public service.