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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Business Alliance board of directors today announced its support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Oregon, and said it would support a business community-led effort on behalf of marriage equity.
The Alliance board voted to support amending the Oregon Constitution to end the current prohibition against same-sex marriage, while still clearly protecting the rights of religious institutions to choose whom they will or will not marry.
“The Alliance strives to make the region a great place to start and grow a business, as well as a place where employees can thrive in an inclusive environment. To accomplish that end, we need fair and equitable laws that treat all Oregonians equally,” said Gregg Kantor, chair of the Portland Business Alliance board of directors and CEO of NW Natural. “For these reasons, the Alliance will support a business community-led effort on behalf of marriage equity.”
The organization has a long history of supporting inclusion and equity. In 2007, the Alliance endorsed legislation legalizing civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. And in the 1990s, the organization opposed measures that would have limited the rights of the state’s gay and lesbian residents.
Alliance board endorsements include a vote by the full board and two-thirds of the board members present must agree before an endorsement is made.
The Portland Business Alliance
The Portland Business Alliance is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. With about 1,600 members, the Alliance strives to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region's residents. Learn more at www.portlandalliance.com.