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Oregon's Karen Minnis: one-woman bigot crew against civil unions

Monday, July 18, 2005



Carla from Preemptive Karma's got an action item that's worth your time and a blog post of support.

There is a state house fight to pass SB 1000, which would establish civil unions in the state of Oregon and outlaws discrimination by orientation. Oregon recently defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but SB 1000 has passed the Senate and has support from Republicans and the Governor. Polls also show public support -- 49 percent of voters support civil unions compared with 30 percent opposed and 21 percent undecided.

Speaker of the House, Repug Karen Minnis is holding up the vote.
...a spokesperson for House Speaker Karen Minnis (R-Wood Village) said this week the bill, SB 1000, will not surface for a floor vote in the Republican-run state House since it attempts to overrule the state measure approved last November.

She will not bring the bill to the floor, because the bill effectively creates marriage by another word and runs counter to the will of the people,” said Charles Deister, a spokesperson for Minnis.
Apparently she's "the people." Carla notes:
Speaker Minnis knows the bill would pass. The support is there in the House. And that's exactly the reason she won't schedule the bill.

Minnis' fiat is a slap in the face to all Oregonians. This very small minority of individuals is forcing a very large group of citizens from enjoying the most basic of rights: being a legally recognized family and protect individuals from discrimination. Minnis' cowardly and shameful attempt to hide SB1000 from a House vote is a black eye on the entire Republican Party of Oregon.
There's going to be a rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

Other posts on this issue:
* TJ from AlsoAlso
* Bryan from GayRightsWatch
* Basic Rights Oregon

You can contact Minnis to give her a piece of your mind:
Email: rep.karenminnis@state.or.us
Phone: 503-986-1200
Fax: 503-986-1201

FYI, other interesting factoids about Minnis, from the dKosopedia:
Minnis is viewed by many as being emotionaly unstable. During the 2005 legislative session, House Democrats tried to get a vote on a no-cuts budget number for Oregon schools.[1]

Rep. [Phil Barnhart], of Eugene, argued that school districts need to know now what the level of state support will be as they develop their budgets, and that the budget-writing committee should know where House members stand before negotiating a final number.

Speaker Karen Minnis and Republicans, despite having vowed in the campaign to put education first, refused to do so. The Democrats' motion was defeated on a party-line vote. Multiple sources in Salem have Minnis storming into Minority Leader [Jeff Merkely]'s office after the floor debate and "dropping multiple F-bombs" on the House Democratic Leader.[2]