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We Are SO Ashamed

I've lost track of who authors "The BOOT" column, but it matters not. The column titled "Civil Union Victory" on Page 7 of the Feb.

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I've lost track of who authors "The BOOT" column, but it matters not. The column titled "Civil Union Victory" on Page 7 of the Feb. 7 issue states that Judge Mosman's ruling related to "an initiative to repeal Oregon's civil union law for the ballot." There are two things wrong with that: 1) It was a petition for a referendum to kill HB2007 before it became law, and 2) you cannot repeal an act (HB2007) before it becomes law!!


It was to become law on Jan. 1, but Mosman's temporary restraining order prevented that. Now that HB2007 has officially become law (Feb. 1) when the TRO was lifted, the next move by the opposition, if they don't "go away," will be the initiative to repeal the law. However, an initiative requires more signatures than a referendum. They will now need 82,769, to be exact. This will be in our favor.

I personally think the opposition will not appeal. It was a non-issue and it's doubtful they will do the petition. It's a lot of work, and "the people" may not support it. But I'm not always right.

Cheers for civil unions.

Bob Bates

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