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House Minority Leader Jeff Merkley Stands up to Speaker Minnis for GLBT Rights

Democratic Minority Leader Jeff Merkley (D- Portland) stood on the floor of the House this evening at around 7:15pm standing up for the rights of gay and lesbian Oregonians. I truly wish I could have seen this. I'm not sure of all the details, but from what I hear Jeff was not happy at all. Outraged at what Speaker Minnis did today to destroy House rules - he did not hold back. He was gavelled about 4 times before either being told that his microphone would be turned off - or it was actually turned off by Speaker Minnis. He was called into Speaker Minnis' office to discuss the floor 'dispute'. Pretty intense.

So thank you Representative Merkley, for sticking up for what you believe and fighting for the rights of GLBT Oregonians. We applaud you and your efforts.

So supposedly this happened around 7:15pm this evening and there is audio from the Chambers available here. The most recent may not yet be available.

Here is an AP story as well that just came out: Civil unions bill caught up in dispute over rules
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By Blogger Torrid, at 8/4/05 7:30 AM

Thanks for the update, Bryan. I tie in your post and the discussion at BlueOregon, Also Also.    



By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/4/05 9:52 AM

It's over. The GLBT community just doesn't have enough pull. Screw Oregon.    



By Blogger GayRightsWatch, at 8/4/05 2:09 PM

As far as the legislature goes - it is over. No doubt about it. More to come after session.    



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