|OrMag Co-publisher Reacts
To "Gay" Press Release
Subject: OREGON, PORTLAND AMONG
It's been a tumultuous few years for Oregon's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens. In 2004, Multnomah County briefly offered marriage licenses for same-sex couples, which were later nullified by Measure 36. In 2007, the Oregon Legislature passed the Oregon Family Fairness Act, which created Domestic Partnerships for same-sex couples and their families, and the Oregon Equality Act, which remedied the discrimination that LGBT Oregonians experience at work, in housing and public accommodations. Both laws are slated to go into effect on January 1, 2008.
In light of these political developments, I want to draw your attention to a recent study about the demographics of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. UCLA's Williams Institute recently released a new analysis of the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey.
The demographics of Oregon were particularly interesting. The number of same-sex couples in Oregon has risen by more than 500% over the past 16 years, from 2263 couples in 1990 to 13,608 couples in 2006. Oregon had the fifth highest concentration of same-sex couples of all US states, higher than California and Colorado. Oregon's concentration of same-sex couples in 2004-2006 was 8.83 couples per thousand households.
As a city, Portland stands out. The number of same-sex couples in Portland has risen by more than 300% over the past 16 years, from 1049 couples in 1990 to 4368 couples in 2006. Portland had the fourth highest concentration of same-sex couples of any city in the US, outranking Oakland, CA, Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA and Long Beach, CA. Portland had 16.94 same-sex couples per thousand households in 2004-2006.
I hope you'll take a look at the Williams report. I'd be happy to email you a copy, or you can download it from the Williams website: www.law.ucla.edu/williamsinstitute
Author Gary Gates is available to speak with you generally about the report, and specifically about the Oregon demographics. Please give me a call if you'd like to set up an interview.
Oregon Magazine Co-Publisher's response:
Subject: Oregon Magazine
Why did you send me that email? That is, the numbers are
I assume you are promoting something more than statistics, here -- that you have a purpose for promulgating those statistics.
I believe the U.S. Constitution allows you to hold the
opinions of your
choice, and except for yelling "fire" in a crowed theater, releasing to
the public top secret information damaging to national defense during
time or speaking politically incorrect words which irritate
My second oldest pal, going back to gradeschool is a
named Bob (Ed: last name omitted for privacy). He had a
time in highschool in the Fifties, until he beat the hell out of
a football player who was ridiculing him. Bob and I shared a love
for dancing, flathead Fords with twin glasspak mufflers and the new
and Roll music. We went to see Elvis and Buddy Holly and
Crickets when they came to Portland. I am
Because I like him doesn't mean I accept all the things that
like him in
But, in my opinion, that isn't what "gay" rights are about,
I am dead set, completely against, unalterably opposed to
homosexual marriage, homosexual couples adopting children and
public festivals which ridicule traditional American values, including
Both my parents were dead by the time I got out of highschool. I had no financial support other than that which I made by working for it. When I applied for an educational grant to go to college, I was refused because I am male and white. The money was being redirected to people who didn't meet that description. That was the beginning of my education.
Once more, why did you send me that email?
*This astrisk was not in the reply email: Clarke's monolith, whether he was conscious of it or not, meant that humans were created by way of "intelligent design."
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