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ACLU opposes anti-gay measure
The proposed initiative would not only repeal the executive
order, but would prohibit any state official from forbidding
discrimination based on sexual orientation
the executive order, but would prohibit any
state official from forbidding discrimination
based on sexual orientation. The double nega
he American Civil Liberties Union of
tive adds further confusion in their efforts to
Oregon has launched a two-pronged
attack on the proposed ballot measure to revoke promote misunderstanding regarding the order.
Using disinformation and distortion to
Governor Goldschmidt’s order prohibiting
their cause of repression, supporters of
employees of the executive branch from dis
the initiative say they are seeking to overturn
criminating on the basis of sexual orientation in
“ special rights” for homosexuals (which the
employment or provision of services.
does not grant).
In separate letters filed with the secretary of
They also suggest that under the order, an
state the ACLU argues: (1) that the initiative
agency head could not discipline an employee
may not even be placed on the ballot because it
whose sexual orientation adversely affects his
violates the Oregon Constitution’s provisions
or her job performance. Not only is the state
separating the powers of the executive branch
ment that the order would prevent such disci
from the legislative branch, and (2) that the
pline plainly false, the initiative sponsors admit
ballot title prepared by the attorney general is
they know of no cases where a state employee’s
inadequate in that it does not convey to voters a
orientation has interfered with his or
significant consequence of passage of the
When the governor signed the order, he did
The filing of the letters at this time lays the
not intend for it to provide “ special rights” or
groundwork enabling ACLU to seek Oregon
“ privileges,” nor did he intend it to be a token
Supreme Court rulings on these issues. If the
gesture. All agency heads are to report efforts
court agrees with ACLU’s first argument, we
they have made to ensure compliance with the
would be spared the necessity of mounting a
order, and to state what they have done to edu
costly statewide campaign to persuade Ore
cate the personnel in their agencies and the
gonians to vote “ no” on the measure.
public they serve regarding exactly what the
The governor signed the executive order on
October 15, 1987, after soliciting suggestions
The ACLU Commission on Gay and Lesbian
from the ACLU’s Commission on Gay and
Lesbian Rights (some of which were rejected).
Rights calls upon all those who care about this
The initiative to revoke the order was filed
issue to educate their friends, neighbors and
February 22, 1988. by representatives of a con
co-workers about these facts.
servative group, formed by evangelical
minister Joe Lutz, that opposes civil rights pro
Stevie Remington is executive director o f the
tection for gay men and lesbians.
Oregon Chapter o f the American Civil Liberties
The proposed initiative would not only repeal
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must meet in order to receive endorsements,
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benefit the gay and lesbian community.
On April 14, Right to Privacy will announce
endorsements and disbursements of contribu
tions to other candidates statewide. Right to
hirley Gold, Beverly Stein and Mayor Bud
Privacy expects to disburse more than $20,000
Clark have received early endorsements for
the May 17 primary from the Right to Privacy in campaign contributions at that time.
Political Action Committee, according to John
Baker, chair of the gay and lesbian political
organization. Gold is running for the state
Senate in District 7; Stein is running for the state
House in District 14; Clark is running for
he Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the
At a board of directors meeting in Eugene in
University of Oregon will sponsor Gay
early March, Right to Privacy adopted goals for
Pride Week celebrations in Eugene from Satur
immediate action, including defeat of the anti
day, April 23, to Saturday, April 30.
gay initiative to revoke Executive Order 87-20,
Many of the events are free, and prices are
passage of a lesbian and gay civil rights bill in
low for the others. Security will be provided by
the 1989 legislative session, and enactment of
the women of Amazon Kung Fu. All events are
an ordinance banning discrimination against
wheelchair accessible and smoke-free, and
gays and lesbians in employment, housing and
childcare will be provided for each event, with
public accommodations in the city of Portland.
the exception of the Monday night banquet,
At its formation about 10 years ago. Right to
which lacks appropriate space.
Privacy adopted conditions that candidates
American Sign Language interpretation is
being arranged, but has not been confirmed.
Volunteers are needed for childcare, taking
tickets, putting up posters and a wide variety of
other tasks; call GALA at 686-3360. between
9 am and 5 pm weekdays.
Tickets are available at Mother Kali’s Book
store and at the EMU main desk on the UO
campus. In addition to individual event tickets,
a Pride Week season pass is available for $22 —
the cost of combined events, with one free Pride
For schedule information, see Out About
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