Bills that would create civil unions and ban discrimination based on sexual orientation were formally introduced today in Salem.
One of the bills would establish a Vermont-style civil unions system in Oregon.
That would allow same-sex couples some of the legal protections and rights given to opposite-sex married couples.
A similar, though not identical, bill passed the Oregon Senate in the 2005 session, but stalled in the Oregon House, then under Republican control.
Democrats now control both chambers and the governor's office.