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GOVERNOR TED KULONGOSKIíS TASKFORCE ON EQUALITY IN OREGON
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 06-03
Pursuant to my authority as Governor of the State of Oregon, I find that:
Equal protection under the law is the cornerstone of a just and democratic society.
In order for Oregon to compete and succeed in the global economy, each Oregonian must be
provided with the opportunity to reach his or her full potential and to contribute to the
general welfare as an equal member of society. Discrimination of any type prevents
Oregonians from enjoying the full pursuit of happiness to which all are entitled and prevents
the State of Oregon from being the best it can be and from competing effectively in the
Anti-discrimination legislation that protects against discrimination based on sexual
orientation in employment, housing and/or public accommodation has been adopted in at
least seventeen states of the United States of America and in numerous countries around the
The citizens of Oregon deserve to have their government examine this issue carefully and to
consider the need for legislation in Oregon to assure equal protection and opportunities for
all. If statutory changes are warranted, then such changes must be brought before the next
Legislative Assembly and given full consideration.
NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DIRECTED AND ORDERED:
1. The Governorís Taskforce on Equality (the ďTaskforceĒ) is established.
2. The Taskforce shall consider whether changes to the laws of the State of Oregon are
needed in order to guarantee that all Oregonians are adequately protected from
discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other opportunities
regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As part of this analysis, the Taskforce
shall review anti-discrimination legislation adopted by other states, as well as the
proposals introduced during the 2005 session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. When
considering legislation adopted by other states, the Taskforce should focus on the actual
effects of adoption of such legislation, including any effects on business. The Taskforce
shall review, analyze and recommend whatever changes to the laws of the State of
Oregon that it considers necessary and appropriate.