The key points seem to be:
- Like numerous states, Oregon forbids discrimination. So the legal foundation is there for at the least civil unions.
- Yesterday's decision avoided the broader, constitutional conflicts between the old marriage wording and the discrimination laws.
- Because the court decided on narrow, procedural issues rather than the Massachusetts decision on the underlying ones, other suits can still bring the big issues up.
- The governor wants civil unions, but the legislators are nervous and pretend that other big topics will keep them from even debating that.