A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Wedding cakes and free speech

Written July 6th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Oregon law, according to Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, says that if you make cakes as a business, you must make one for a gay wedding even if you oppose gay weddings. But you don’t have to be quiet about it. The First Amendment protects¬†your right to speak out,¬†as affirmed in the same-sex marriage ruling the […]

What, no ‘rational purpose’?

Written April 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon’s attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, a Democrat, has taken the unusual step of asking a federal court to throw out a law passed by Oregon voters on the grounds that the law is legally indefensible. Based on that standard, the voter-approved law on marriage would not be the only law that the attorney general could […]

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