SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES

 

 

May 04, 2005                                                                                                          Hearing Room B

5:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  55 - 62

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Kate Brown, Chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson

Sen. Charlie Ringo

Sen. Frank Shields

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Ted Ferrioli, Vice-Chair

 

VISITING MEMBERS:         Sen. Alan Bates

Sen. Avel Gordly

Sen. Frank Morse

Sen. Ben Westlund

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Tiffany Harris, Committee Administrator

Patricia Nielsen, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURE/ISSUES HEARD:          

SB 1000 – Public Hearing

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 55, A

005

Chair Brown

Calls the meeting to order at 5:06 p.m.  Opens work session for approval of requests for drafting and introduction.

APPROVAL OF DRAFTING REQUESTS AND INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEASURES – WORK SESSION

010

Chair Brown

MOTION:  Moves drafting requests 1 through 4 be approved for drafting by Legislative Counsel and introduction as committee bills (EXHIBIT A).

045

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

AYE:            In a roll call vote, all members present vote Aye.

EXCUSED:  1 – Ferrioli

 

Chair Brown

The motion CARRIES.

060

Chair Brown

Closes work session for drafting and introductions.  Opens public hearing on SB 1000.

SB 1000 – PUBLIC HEARING

115

Chair Brown

Makes opening remarks.

140

Mary Oberst

First Lady of Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT B).

160

David Heynderickx

Legislative Counsel.  Presents overview of SB 1000.  Discusses specific sections and how statutes are amended.  Explains how protections are afforded in areas of employment, fair housing, and public accommodations.  Discusses efforts to alleviate discrimination.

185

Heynderickx

Continues and discusses aspects of civil unions.

245

Heynderickx

Continues and explains how SB 1000 is affected by federal law.

250

Chair Brown

Asks if rabbis or clergy must perform civil unions against their will.

255

Heynderickx

Explains it is voluntary, the same as with marriage.

275

Sen. Shields

Comments as a clergyman he was never forced to perform a marriage ceremony.

280

Heynderickx

Confirms no minister must perform ceremonies against his or her will.  Discusses discretion of clergy.

285

Chair Brown

Clarifies the constitution would protect clergy’s right to decline.

290

Heynderickx

Confirms.

295

Chair Brown

Asks about procedure for dissolution of a civil union.

300

Heynderickx

Explains it is governed by same statutes as dissolution of marriage.  Adds dissolutions of domestic partnerships are treated the same.

315

Sen. Shields

Refers to page 14, section 23, subsection 3.  Asks how bill addresses religion in terms of non-discrimination.

320

Heynderickx

Responds religion has always been one of the protected categories and the bill does not change those protections.

330

Sen. Shields

Refers to line 32 restricting a governing body from holding a meeting in a place where discrimination on the basis of religion is practiced.

340

Heynderickx

Explains it was one place religion was left out of the public meetings law.  Confirms some amendments are possible to clarify statutory sections.

360

Randall Edwards

State Treasurer.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Discusses need to extend basic rights to all citizens.

TAPE 56, A

025

Sam Adams

Portland City Council.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.

055

Sen. Frank Morse

District 8.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).  Discusses diversity of convictions of Oregonians.  Suggests there is a place for love in Oregon’s public policy.

145

Sen. Charles Starr

District 13.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT D).  Suggests sexual orientation is a behavior and homosexuality is a mental disorder.  Argues civil unions should not be added to statute and made equal to marriage.  Argues homosexuality should not be a protected status.  Urges the legislature to listen to the vote of the people.

255

Sen. C. Starr

Continues and questions the need for employment non-discrimination protection.  Discusses religious exemption clause.

300

Rep. Dennis Richardson

District 4.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Distinguishes between discrimination against what a person is and what a person does.  Suggests the bill perpetuates discrimination but carves out special rights for some.  Refers to Ballot Measure 36.  Suggests civil benefits can be provided without this measure.  Suggests HB 3476 is the better answer.

390

Sen. Ringo

Refers to experience with sisters evicted because of suspected lesbian status.

405

Rep. Richardson

Acknowledges hard cases but suggests it is bad policy to address specific examples.

410

Sen. Ringo

Suggests there is discrimination that is never reported.  Suggests all people need protection.

420

Rep. Richardson

Agrees it is difficult but asserts the will of the people must be honored.

TAPE 55, B

005

Sen. Alan Bates

District 3.  Comments about the psychiatric community changing determination of homosexuality away from a mental disorder.

020

Tootie Smith

Oregon Family Council.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT E).

065

Kelly Clark

Attorney, Portland; represented Defense of Marriage Coalition in Li v. Oregon.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Offers to answer questions.

090

Herbert Grey

Attorney.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT F).  Discusses issues debated in the case of Li v. Oregon.  Argues against civil rights and civil unions proposed by the bill.

160

Chair Brown

Refers to restrictions on employer-provided pension benefits under federal law and asks whether a civil union is still the same as a marriage.

165

Grey

Responds SB 1000 does not affect federal law so the restrictions would stay in place.

170

Chair Brown

Asks whether he argued Measure 36 did not preclude civil unions.

175

Clark

Confirms.

180

Sen. Ringo

Recalls proponents of Measure 36 did not say civil unions were inappropriate.

185

Clark

Responds that though the Defense of Marriage Coalition and the Oregon Family Council did not take a position, personally he said he could support civil unions under certain circumstances.

190

Sen. Ringo

Asks if he supports the civil union portion of the bill.

195

Clark

Responds he neither supports nor opposes.  Suggests considering benefits individually.

200

Sen. Shields

Refers to performing weddings as two-part service, including filing papers with a county (similar to a civil union) and then conducting a wedding ceremony in the church.

210

Clark

Questions when government and faith institutions join hands in marriage ceremonies.  Defers to discuss.

225

Sen. Shields

Comments he could have just signed the document and returned it to the county, which would be like a civil union, and need not have performed a wedding at all.

235

Clark

Warns against the danger of having the government deciding for society what constitutes an acceptable union.

255

Sen. Ben Westlund

District 27.  Reads letter of Jack Roberts into the record (EXHIBIT G).

·         Outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation is right because abuses are rare and the local ordinances are working

·         Gender discrimination may create more problems than it solves, and is already illegal under Oregon’s disability act

350

Sen. Westlund

Continues discussing civil unions.  Cites Tanner v. OHSU (Oregon Health and Sciences University), an Oregon case about providing benefits to same-sex domestic partners.  Explains same-sex domestic partners already enjoy benefits, but there is no standard to determine what constitutes a domestic partner and SB 1000 would define this by creating civil unions.  Points out that a law creating civil unions would take away uncertainties which are now decided by the courts.

420

Mike Hollern

CEO and Chairman of the Board, Brooks Resources Corporation, Bend.  Discusses development of Bend since he moved there, and discusses how the Bend city council was asked to consider a similar ordinance.  Argues passage is vital to the economic status of Oregon:

·         Family wage jobs will bring best and brightest to Oregon

·         Talent, technology and tolerance are key

TAPE 56, B

005

Hollern

Concludes and asks for support for the measure.

035

Thomas Little

Vermont, former chair of Vermont Judiciary Committee.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony and summary of frequently asked questions (EXHIBITS H, I).  Discusses comparison of experiences in Vermont and Oregon.

080

Chair Brown

Asks if Vermont has non-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation.

085

Little

Affirms.

088

Chair Brown

Inquires about the negative effect on the state’s business climate.

090

Little

Explains after a breaking-in and training period, there was no effect.

093

Chair Brown

Asks about frivolous lawsuits.

095

Little

Responds there have been none.

098

Chair Brown

Asks why so few people chose the reciprocal beneficiary option.

100

Little

Suggests two reasons:

·         Too much focus on gay and lesbian couples and not enough on Vermonters who were not covered by civil union law because they were related, so a reciprocal beneficiary provision was added to the legislation

·         An attempt to substitute reciprocal beneficiary status for a civil union status was defeated on the floor of the House

Suggests a family-type reciprocal beneficiary relationship is fundamentally different from a committed same-sex relationship and we must not try to fit both into the same legal structure.

125

Chair Brown

Refers to testimony establishing civil unions with a step-by-step approach.

130

Little

Responds there is no persuasive reason to do that.  Explains Vermont did catalog mentions of marriage in statute, and could have made that analysis step-by-step, but parallel legal status was seen as a better alternative.

160

Chair Brown

Clarifies the gay and lesbian community saw it as a compromise.

165

Sen. Ringo

Asks about number of lawsuits under the anti-discrimination statute.

170

Little

Offers to return information to the Committee.  Explains in his practice in Vermont, the bulk of case work involved housing discrimination against single women with children. 

185

Sen. Ringo

Asks whether civil unions have weakened foundations of traditional marriage.

190

Little

Responds the statistical analysis of rate of marriage or divorce has not changed.

195

Sen. Bates

Comments over five years the social effect of the bill has been none.  Asks how many civil unions have been entered into.

205

Little

Explains the number of licenses issued is six or seven thousand, and of those about one-third obtained a license in another state. 

210

Chair Brown

Asks the population of Vermont.

212

Little

Responds 615,000.

215

Sen. Shields

Asks about having a basic civil union law and marriage above that.

220

Little

Explains it was raised in Vermont in two ways:

·         Have one status, which was not popular

·         Get clergy out of the business of performing civil side of marriage or civil union; instead have couples obtain the civil side of paperwork at a local town hall, and then have a separate religious ceremony

Explains there was not enough time to explore.

255

Liz Cahill

Teacher; veteran.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT J).

290

Diane Groff

Teacher, Milton-Freewater.  Testifies in support of SB 1000. 

365

Sen. Ringo

Explains how Ms. Cahill was not allowed to complete active military service and retire after 20 years.

390

Cahill

Explains it was something she missed.

400

Roey Thorpe

Basic Rights Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT K).  Provides list of supporting businesses (EXHIBIT L).  Discusses contradictory public statements regarding civil unions by Oregon Family Council and Defense of Marriage Coalition (EXHIBIT M).  Refers to report of Vermont Civil Union Review Commission (EXHIBIT N).  Submits petitions of supporters (EXHIBIT O).  Provides written testimony of others in support of SB 1000 (EXHIBIT P)

TAPE 57, A

045

Benjamin Clapa

Real estate broker.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Suggests there is no discrimination in the housing market.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT Q).

120

Ray Young

Pastor, East Hill Church administrator; former lawyer.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT R).  Discusses problems with too much protection to certain segment of society.  Suggests solving specific problems instead.

200

Donna Tabor

Portland realtor and landlord.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT S).  Expresses concern that landlords would be faced with problem tenants, and could not evict some tenants based on sexual orientation.

265

Steve Scheidler

SurePower Industries.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT T).  Suggests the bill will hurt Oregon businesses.  Agrees discrimination is not proper, but new provisions might force employers to screen applicants more closely.  Suggests public accommodations would be too onerous for employers.  Argues health benefit plan would be difficult to provide.

385

Chair Brown

Asks if his health benefit plan is governed by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

387

Scheidler

Answers he does not know.

390

Sen. Westlund

Explains most are, so he would not be required to provide health benefits to partners.

395

Chair Brown

Asks whether the city of Portland has an ordinance prohibiting housing discrimination.

400

Tabor

Confirms.

405

Sen. Shields

Asks if most people of faith oppose the bill.

410

Young

Responds majority of Christians consider homosexuality a sin.  Expresses concern that the bill would not allow churches to exclude or dismiss people of homosexual identity.

420

Chair Brown

Asks whether his church is allowed to decline to hire someone who is not of the religious persuasion.

TAPE 58, A

005

Young

Responds that is not the issue, and the church hires employees who are not members.  Clarifies it is the homosexual behavior which is considered a sin.

010

Chair Brown

Asks about an employee cohabiting with a member of the opposite sex.

015

Young

Responds that would be moral failure and the employee would be disciplined or dismissed.

017

Sen. Shields

Asks about demographic of what people of faith think.

020

Young

Explains he thinks a majority of churches consider homosexual behavior a sin.

035

Dan Bryant

Pastor; Board President, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits press release (EXHIBIT U).  Explains support of Ecumenical Ministries Board.

105

David Hedelman

Minister, United Church of Christ.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT V).

125

Ed Reeves

Management-labor employment attorney, Stoel Reeves.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT W).  Discusses employment issues addressed by the measure. 

190

David Fidanque

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT X).

264

Chair Brown

Asks whether the Portland city ordinance applies to Portland landlords now.

266

Reeves

Confirms.

267

Chair Brown

Asks whether SB 1000 adds any significant legal obligations.

268

Reeves

Replies it does not.

269

Chair Brown

Asks why Tanner v. OHSU is inadequate to provide protection.

274

Reeves

Explains that holding is limited to the facts of that case and has not been expanded.

287

Chair Brown

Clarifies that he does not have any concerns regarding legal or fiscal impact of SB 1000 on employers.

289

Reeves

Confirms.

293

Fidanque

Comments that the potential of litigation against churches has not materialized into a single complaint.

302

Chair Brown

Comments that there are other cities with similar ordinances.

307

Sen. Shields

Comments that Reverend Young asserted churches or religious organizations cannot act in accordance with strongly-held beliefs. 

324

Reeves

Replies no, because there is a statutory prohibition as to sincerely-held religious beliefs, and also the Constitution supports freedom of religion.

330

Fidanque

Agrees.

334

Sen. Shields

Asks about support among different people of faith.

340

Bryant

Responds that there is almost no opposition among the Board of Directors of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.  Continues a majority of Oregonians support civil unions and the Christian community is vastly changing in its outlook on homosexuality.

352

Hedelman

Comments that the United Church of Christ passed a resolution to stand against legislation that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

365

Sen. Shields

Believes that it is important information to have on the record.

385

Milo Thornberry

Pastor, United Methodist Church, Bend, Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT Y).

TAPE 57, B

020

Jennifer Burleton

Beaverton.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT Z).  Explains need for public accommodation.

085

Brian Rohter

New Seasons Market.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT AA).

135

Gloria Holland Smith

Retired teacher; Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) mom.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT BB).

210

Nicholas Graham

Oregon Family Council.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT CC).  Argues there is no statistical evidence of widespread discrimination. 

345

Michael Howden

Stronger Families for Oregon.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT DD).

425

Jean Nelson

Corvallis, Oregon.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT EE).  Discusses importance of protecting monogamy in society.

TAPE 58, B

005

Jean Nelson

Summarizes and concludes.

050

Charles Nelson

Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT FF).

085

Chair Brown

Asks if he agrees that Measure 36 does not preclude civil unions.

095

Graham

Responds civil unions in this structure did not exist when the case was argued.  Disagrees.

100

Chair Brown

Clarifies whether his organization told voters that a yes vote on Measure 36 would not preclude the legislature from addressing civil unions.

105

Graham

Answers the organization spoke from a theoretical basis.

115

Nathan Sykes

Employment attorney, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT GG).  Discusses local ordinances already in place barring discrimination.  Explains there are proportionally few lawsuits alleging discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Suggests employers are aware of the requirements and adapting the restriction to a new area will be uneventful.

172

Karl Vercouteren

Pastor, United Church of Christ, The Dalles, Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Discusses how enlightened religious communities treat all Oregonians equally under the law.

220

Daniel Beck

Lincoln County.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT HH).

280

Bruce Morris

Bend, Oregon.  Basic Rights Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Discusses examples of discrimination in his area.  Submits written testimony of Bill and Carolyn Weir (EXHIBIT II).  Submits written testimony of Becky Groves (EXHIBIT JJ).

320

Sen. Ringo

Comments on tendency for people to not do proper estate planning. 

350

Rivka Gevurtz

Portland.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT KK).  Introduces her daughter, Hanna.

TAPE 59, A

005

Sen. Westlund

Asks Hanna about her question after Measure 36 passed.

015

Lou Beres

Christian Coalition of Oregon.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000 because it goes against Measure 36.  Submits written material (EXHIBITS LL, MM).

070

Cherrill Clifford

Springfield.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT NN). Discusses need to maintain sanctity of marriage.

105

Lucy Brackett

Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Argues it is unnecessary and ambiguous, and is against the will of Oregonians under Measure 36.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT OO).

120

Truong N. Van

Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Discusses problems in his workplace.  Argues there will be increased litigation if the bill passes.

150

Pamela Varndell

Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT PP).

190

Rebecca Lucas

Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT QQ).

240

Jennifer McLaughlin

Fairview, Oregon.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Describes burn injury she sustained this year, and that her partner had not even been notified.  Asks for same rights as any other couple, including medical decisions.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT RR).

285

Clif Kenagy

Benton County.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT SS).  Describes his daughter’s relationship.

335

Laura Calvo

Portland, Oregon.  Formerly Logan Calvo.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT TT).

395

Jeanette Kim

Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT UU).

TAPE 60, A

020

Joanna Humberd

Public school teacher.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT VV).

055

Lea Williams

Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT WW).

090

Sen. Westlund

Thanks them all for staying.  Points out language of constitution.

095

Williams

Suggests this leads to instability.

120

John Belgarde

Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT XX).  Discusses diseases.

150

Sen. Bates

Suggests diseases are not a result of homosexual behavior but of non-monogomous relationships.

160

Belgarde

Disagrees.

185

Sen. Bates

Asserts that promiscuous behavior causes the problems, not the type of sex.

195

Jim Donnelly

Parkdale.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Describes his daughter as a good citizen who happens to be a lesbian.

220

Melissa Montigny

Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony
(EXHIBIT YY).

275

Jeffrie Kingsley

Student, LaGrande; Co-chair, Oregon Students Equal Rights Alliance (OSERA).  Testfies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT ZZ).  Describes importance of protection to students in rural areas.

335

Suzanne Gallagher

Tigard, Oregon.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT AAA).

390

Nina Rhéa

Portland.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT BBB).

TAPE 59, B

005

Yussefflateef Brown

Lane County, City of Eugene.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000. 

050

Bill Michtom

Heterosexual.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT CCC).

070

Martin Gomez

Attorney, Portland.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Asserts that Measure 36 only spoke to marriages, and the legislature has authority to deal with marriage and related matters.  Argues tax issues are separate.

095

Camille Hampton

Student, Central High School.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT DDD).

125

Anna Suessbrick

Clinical psychologist, Portland.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT EEE).  Discusses methodology of studies of the issue.  Comments on data heard in the meeting.  Explains that claims that children of married heterosexual parents are better adjusted than children of gay parents are not based on studies comparing gay and straight households.  Points out that valid studies indicate parity.  Asserts that research demonstrating the well-being of children of gay parents cannot be conducted without civil unions, because it is the best comparable institution to marriage.

180

Ernie Williams

Christian, retired from computer industry.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT FFF).

215

Dan Cox

Formerly gay.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Encourages awareness of forgiveness and mercy.

250

William Brookhart

Clackamas County.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT GGG).

305

Sen. Ringo

Comments chief purpose of marriage is not necessarily procreation.  Points out his father married in his 70s because he had a committed relationship, so there are different reasons.

335

Christine Cress

Associate Professor, Portland State University, Graduate School of Education.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT HHH).  Discusses how discrimination stops students from learning.

385

Beth Allen

Attorney.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT III).

TAPE 60, B

005

Steve Balog

With wife Florence.  Catholic family; parents of adopted lesbian daughters.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT JJJ).

050

Charles Felton

Teacher at Christian high school.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT KKK).

080

Robert Castagna

Oregon Catholic Conference.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT LLL).  Refers to letter on marriage, civil unions and reciprocal beneficiaries (EXHIBIT MMM).  Expresses support for HB 3476.  Points out the Archdiocese abstained from the Board vote of Ecumenical Ministries.  Submits issue of Catholic Sentinal newspaper (EXHIBIT NNN).

120

Chair Brown

Asks about lack of benefits for families under the reciprocal beneficiaries bill.

125

Castagna

Expresses Church’s concern about children born into civil unions.

135

James Scheller

Clackamas.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Expresses distrust of the legislature to provide equal laws for citizens.  Urges maintaining a safe family environment for Oregonians.  Argues SB 1000 is against the will of the people.

185

David L. Galloway

Retired.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Argues laws should represent and protect all citizens.  Discusses lawsuits against the Boy Scout organization after its rules stood the test of court.  Suggests schools deny equal access to rooms for students with religious themes.  Points out SB 1000 is against the will of the people.

240

Paul LaRue

Pastor, Salem.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT OOO).

280

Nancy Frantz-Geddes

Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony
(EXHIBIT PPP).

325

Kelly Burke

Portland.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT QQQ).  Describes her family unit and need for protection for the children.  Asks to approve civil unions.

375

Sen. Bates

Asks if she lost health insurance after the Li decision.

380

Burke

Responds yes because she was no longer considered an eligible family member.

400

Ann Lackey

Lake Oswego.  Testifies in opposition to SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT RRR).

TAPE 61, A

005

Joan Warnock

Salem.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT SSS).

035

Tara Wilkins

Pastor; Community of Welcoming Congregations.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT TTT).

060

Lee Coleman

Beaverton.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Explains marriage has two elements, civil union and holy matrimony; but civil unions are entirely civil.  Suggests if SB 1000 gives equal privileges and immunities, that flows from the Oregon constitution.  Reminds members they have sworn to uphold that Constitution.

095

Natalie Warrens

Portland.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Points out the measure provides hope to be 100 percent American citizens, unlike now.

115

Kevin Grant

Director of State Affairs, Associated Students of Oregon State University.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Appears in support of his younger brother, who is gay.  Believes sexuality is inborn.  Points out Measure 36 was only yes or no, and recommends giving more choices.

165

Judith Youngman

Pastor, United Church of Christ.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT UUU).  Argues laws should not be made by emotion.  Advocates for equal treatment of all citizens. 

190

Barbara Carnagie Campbell

Pastor, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Portland.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT VVV).  Points out it is immoral and unjust to discriminate against any group.  Recalls Jesus called us to compassion and justice.

235

Richard Burdon

Retired pastor; Trustee, University Park United Methodist Church, Portland.  Explains his is a reconciling congregation (welcoming congregation).  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT WWW).  Discusses social progress and need to extend rights to civil unions.

280

Kento Azegami

Washington County.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Discusses how he left Alaska because of perceived discrimination.  Expresses disappointment in Ballot Measure 36.  Explains he will probably need to leave Oregon if this does not pass.

325

Erica Silver

Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Discusses her son’s experience in school. 

360

Susan Lindsey

Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Explains she is tired of bigotry which describes homosexuality as a lifestyle.  Discusses oppression in the form of slavery, segregation and discrimination.  Asks for equality.

TAPE 62, A

005

Brandon Reich

Gay male; Sprague High School and Oregon State University graduate.  Discusses instances of discrimination due to his sexual orientation.  Asks for equality.

045

Ester Griffin

Teacher, Southridge High School, Beaverton.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Explains she attended high school at Southridge.  Describes her growing-up years and the discrimination she experienced.  Asserts it is still happening today.  Asks for equal treatment and protection for talented and creative citizens of the future. 

075

Flynne Olivarez

Testifies in support of SB 1000.  Discusses traditional marriage and how ideas have changed over the centuries.  Asserts orientation is an identity, not a behavior or an action.  Asks for protection.

105

William Stark

Eugene.  Testifies in support of SB 1000.  States he has not heard any plausible argument against having civil unions.

Written materials submitted without public testimony are listed in the Exhibit Summary under
EXHIBITS XXX through ZZZZ.

125

Chair Brown

Makes closing remarks.  Closes public hearing on SB 1000.  Adjourns the meeting at 11:26 p.m.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A.                             Approval of drafting and introduction requests, memorandum, staff, 1 p

B.                             SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Mary Oberst, 3 pp

C.                             SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Sen. Frank Morse, 2 pp

D.                            SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Sen. Charles Starr, 3 pp

E.                             SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Tootie Smith, 2 pp

F.                              SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Herbert Grey, 8 pp

G.                            SB 1000, written testimony (in support), letter from Jack Roberts, Sen. Ben Westlund, 3 pp

H.                            SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Thomas Little, 1 p

I.                               SB 1000, Vermont Q&A on H.847, Thomas Little, 8 pp

J.                              SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Liz Cahill and Diane Groff, 2 pp

K.                            SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Roey Thorpe, 2 pp

L.                             SB 1000, list of endorsing businesses (in support), Roey Thorpe, 3 pp

M.                          SB 1000, list of quotes, Roey Thorpe, 1 p

N.                            SB 1000, report Vermont Civil Union Review Commission, Roey Thorpe, 20 pp

O.                            SB 1000, list and petitions of supporters (in support), Roey Thorpe, 105 pp

P.                              SB 1000, written testimony of additional supporters (in support), Roey Thorpe, 262 pp

Q.                            SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Benjamin Clapa, 3 pp

R.                            SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Raymond P. Young, 3 pp

S.                              SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Donna Tabor, 2 pp

T.                             SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Steve Scheidler, 4 pp

U.                             SB 1000, media release from Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (in support), Dan Bryant, 1 p

V.                             SB 1000, written testimony (in support), David Isaiah Hedelman, 2 pp

W.                           SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Ed Reeves, 2 pp

X.                             SB 1000, written testimony (in support), David Fidanque, 2 pp

Y.                             SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Milo Thornberry, 1 p

Z.                              SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Jennifer Burleton, 2 pp

AA.                       SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Brian Rohter, 1 p

BB.                       SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Gloria Holland Smith, 2 pp

CC.                       SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Nicholas Graham, 5 pp

DD.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Michael Howden, 3 pp

EE.                        SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Jean Nelson, 2 pp

FF.                         SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Charles Nelson, 2 pp

GG.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Nathan Sykes, 2 pp

HH.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Daniel Beck, 1 p

II.                            SB 1000, written testimony of Bill and Carolyn Wier (in support), Bruce Morris, 1 p

JJ.                          SB 1000, written testimony of Becky Groves (in support), Bruce Morris, 1 p

KK.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Rivka Gevurtz, 2 pp

LL.                        SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Lou Beres, 1 p

MM.                  SB 1000, bullet points SB 1000 Discrimination, Lou Beres, 1 p

NN.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Cherrill Clifford, 1 p

OO.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Lucy Brackett, 2 pp

PP.                         SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Pamela Varndell, 2 pp

QQ.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Rebecca Lucas, 1 p

RR.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Jennifer McLaughlin, 1 p

SS.                         SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Clif Kenagy, 2 pp

TT.                        SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Laura Calvo, 2 pp

UU.                       SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Jeanette Kim, 2 pp

VV.                       SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Joanna Humberd, 2 pp

WW.                   SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Lea Williams, 4 pp

XX.                       SB 1000, article Lavender Diseases (in opposition), John Belgarde, 2 pp

YY.                        SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Melissa Montigny, 1 p

ZZ.                         SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Jeffrie Kinglsey, 1 p

AAA.                  SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Suzanne Gallagher, 2 pp

BBB.                  SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Nina Rhea, 7 pp

CCC.                  SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Bill Michtom, 1 p

DDD.                SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Camille Hampton, 1 p

EEE.                   SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Anna Suessbrick, 2 pp

FFF.                     SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Ernie Williams, 1 p

GGG.                SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), William Brookhart, 2 pp

HHH.                SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Christine Cress, 2 pp

III.                         SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Beth Allen, 2 pp

JJJ.                      SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Steve Balog, 1 p

KKK.                SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Charles Felton, 2 pp

LLL.                   SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Robert Castagna, 1 p

MMM.          SB 1000, position letter of Oregon Catholic Conference (in opposition), Robert Castagna, 3 pp

NNN.                SB 1000, newspaper Catholic Sentinel 4-29-05, Robert Castagna, oversize

OOO.                SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Paul LaRue, 1 p

PPP.                     SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Nancy Frantz-Geddes, 1 p

QQQ.                SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Kelly Burke and Dolores Doyle, 2 pp

RRR.                SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Ann Lackey, 1 p

SSS.                     SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Joan Warnock, 2 pp

TTT.                   SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Tara Wilkins, 1 p

UUU.                  SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Judith Youngman, 1 p

VVV.                  SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Barbara Campbell, 1 p

WWW.            SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Richard Burdon, 4 pp

 

Submitted Without Public Testimony:

XXX.                  SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Kathy Belge, 1 p

YYY.                   SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Sen. Roger Beyer, 2 pp

ZZZ.                     SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), David Crowe, 2 pp

AAAA.            SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), John and Barbara Dan, 1 p

BBBB.            SB 1000, Beaverton city ordinance 4330, Rob Drake, 4 pp

CCCC.            SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Kappy Eaton, 1 p

DDDD.          SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Vergene Eishen, 2 pp

EEEE.              SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Loren Emang, 1 p

FFFF.                SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Allan and Jodi Erickson, 1 p

GGGG.          SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Catherine Finney, 1 p

HHHH.          SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Rita Fraysure, 1 p

IIII.                      SB 1000, statements of organizations and individuals (in support), Jeana Frazzini, 104 pp

JJJJ.                  SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Dan Gardner, 2 pp

KKKK.          SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Lawrence Hall, 1 p

LLLL.              SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Deborah Knapp, 1 p

MMMM.  SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Richard Lewis, 1 p

NNNN.          SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Erika Lira, 1 p

OOOO.          SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Mark MacDougall, 2 pp

PPPP.                SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Melanie Mansell, 4 pp

QQQQ.          SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Franklin Mathias, 1 p

RRRR.          SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Sam McNear, 1 p

SSSS.                SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Ivonne Pflaum, 1 p

TTTT.              SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Norma Rich, 12 pp

UUUU.            SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Frank and Fernamae Ross, 1 p

VVVV.            SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Sarah Smith, 1 p

WWWW.    SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Mike Swaim, 10 pp

XXXX.            SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Mary Kinnick and Mary Beth Van Cleave, 1 p

YYYY.              SB 1000, written testimony (in opposition), Margaret Wallis, 1 p

ZZZZ.                SB 1000, written testimony (in support), Kevin Willingham, 2 pp