Oregon's Domestic Partnership Law Put on Hold

January, 2008

Oregon's new law granting domestic partnerships, which would require that employers provide the same benefits for domestic partners as spouses, has been put on hold. House Bill 2007 will not be enforced until a U.S. district judge reviews a suit alleging wrongful invalidation of signatures for a citizen's referendum to include the bill in the November 2007 voting ballot.

A temporary restraining order has been placed on the bill's enforcement and a hearing is set for February 1, 2008. If the judge's ruling results in the law taking effect, domestic partners of employees who have a certificate of registration would need to be provided the same benefits as spouses of employees.

Cascade Employers Association will continue to monitor this issue as it develops.


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