Gender and Name Change Information

Due to possible policy changes under the Trump administration, we recommend that transgender and gender non-conforming people consider getting their identity documents in order before Inaugration Day 2017. And, we can help! Over 90 volunteer lawyers took our free training and are ready to help Oregonians throuh the process free of charge. (There are some court and filing fees associated, but the legal help is free.)


Stop the cruel and unusual punishment of transgender prisoners in Oregon

Michelle Wright from Two Rivers Correctional Facility

Transgender prisoners in Oregon are being denied life-saving medical care.

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We recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of Michelle Wright, a transgender prisoner whose requests for care have repeatedly been denied by prison officials. Despite being diagnosed with gender dysphoria by prison medical staff, which causes severe anxiety, depression, and suicidality, Michelle’s pleas for humane treatment have been ignored.

Michelle isn’t alone in her struggle. We have heard from over a dozen other transgender prisoners who are facing similar treatment.

Please join us in calling on the Oregon Department of Corrections to end their cruel policies and practices that deny life-saving care to transgender prisoners by signing our petition. To deny essential medical care is considered cruel and unusual punishment and is prohibited under the Eight Amendment of the Constitution.


Attorney General Rosenblum: Do Not Waive Catholic Hospitals' Merger Review

Catholic Ethical & Religious Directives Restrict Reproductive, End-of-Life Care

January 14, 2016 - The ACLU of Oregon and 12 other public interest organizations sent Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum a letter urging her to reject a request for a waiver from the standard process for reviewing merger transactions by the nation’s 6th largest nonprofit hospital system, Providence Health & Services, and St. Joseph Health.

“This proposed transaction involves eight hospitals across Oregon, and a total of almost 50 hospitals across six states [Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Washington],” the groups said in the letter sent to AG’s office on Jan. 8. “Even absent the transfer of assets, significant changes in health care delivery are likely to occur…it behooves the Attorney General to undertake the full review process to ensure that this transaction preserves existing health care services and benefits the public interest.”

St. Joseph and Providence are both Catholic health systems. Catholic hospitals must typically follow the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) promulgated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The ERDs many forbid reproductive health services, including all birth control methods, sterilization, miscarriage management, abortion, the least invasive treatments for ectopic pregnancies, and some infertility treatments. The ERDs provide no exceptions for risks to a patient’s health or even life.


Groups Are Concerned Walgreens’s Collaboration with Catholic Health Provider Will Limit Consumer Access to Important Medical Services

December 14, 2015 - Nineteen public interest organizations that advocate for patients’ rights and comprehensive health care access are concerned about the impact on health care consumers of a collaboration between the nation’s largest drug store chain, Walgreens, and a Catholic health care provider, Providence Health & Services, to open up to 25 in-store health clinics in Washington State and Oregon.

In a letter emailed to Walgreens today, the 19 organizations sought to learn whether religious doctrine will limit access to important medical services, information, and referrals at the clinics operated by Providence Health & Services and its affiliate, Swedish Health Services, and will limit Walgreens’s pharmacies’ ability to fill prescriptions.


Landmark Freedom to Marry Victory!

ACLU of Oregon Applauds Decision that Brings Marriage Equality to Every State

June 26, 2015 - We applaud the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court declaring same-sex couples have the freedom to marry and to receive equal respect for their marriages across America. Today’s decision by the high Court affirms the conclusion reached last year that Oregon’s marriage ban was unconstitutional.

“This is a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love. We can celebrate that America is a place where hearts and minds can change and we believe in liberty and justice for all,” said Jann Carson, associate director of the ACLU of Oregon.

In 2013, the ACLU of Oregon filed one of the two cases that successfully challenged Oregon’s marriage ban. On May 19, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled that the state marriage ban violated the federal equal protection rights of same-sex couples wishing to marry.

“We are overjoyed with the Supreme Court’s decision today,” said Christine Tanner. She and her now wife, Lisa Chickadonz, were one of the four plaintiff couples, along with Basic Rights Oregon, who successfully challenged Oregon’s marriage ban with the help of the ACLU of Oregon. “The journey to reach this point has been a legal and emotional rollercoaster ride that has, for us, gone on for more than 25 years. To have the highest Court in our country end marriage discrimination once and for all is monumental. We are grateful that ride is finally over, not only for us but for families like ours across the nation.” 


FAQ: Getting Married in Oregon

Where can I get a marriage license?
Marriage licenses are issued by Oregon’s counties - click here for a list of Oregon’s county marriage license offices. You must appear in person to get a marriage license. Both parties must be present. You can fill out the application online in advance through many county clerk’s websites (note: when marriage becomes legal for same-sex couples in Oregon, the online application will be updated to allow same-sex couples to apply).


Obtaining a Marriage License in Oregon by County


  • All licenses are subject to a three-day waiting period before a ceremony may take place. Licenses are valid for 60 days after the waiting period. If you fail to perform the ceremony within 60 days, you must apply for a new license.
  • Both parties must identify on their application the legal names that they will be taking after the marriage. 
  • Medical examinations and blood tests are no longer required by the State of Oregon in order to obtain a marriage license. 
  • In general, both parties should plan to appear in-person and present a valid government-issued ID. 

Oregon's Marriage Equality Lawsuit: Attorneys Argue Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

April 23, 2014 - EUGENE  Excluding loving, committed same-sex couples from marriage in Oregon is unconstitutional, attorneys said during oral arguments today in Oregon’s marriage equality lawsuit, the Rummell v. Kitzhaber and Geiger v. Kitzhaber consolidated case.


State Marriage Brief: Oregon Marriage Ban Has No Rational Basis

March 19, 2014 – In its response to the ACLU’s constitutional challenge of Oregon’s ban on marriage by same-sex couples, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum declared that the marriage ban “serves no rational basis and harms Oregon citizens.”


Oregon Attorney General Declares Ban on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Indefensible

February 20, 2014 - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that the state will not defend Oregon’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples in the case Rummell v. Kitzhaber. The ACLU of Oregon and Basic Rights Oregon welcomed the announcement.

The state’s legal filing stated that the Oregon marriage ban “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review.”


Bringing the Freedom to Marry in Oregon

The ACLU is fighting for the freedom to marry nationwide - in the courts and at the ballot box.


Signature Gathering to Win the Freedom to Marry in Oregon Begins

July 25, 2013 - Tomorrow, Oregon United for Marriage is launching the campaign to collect 116,284 valid signatures from Oregonian voters to put the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiat


ACLU Wins Fight to Overturn DOMA at the Supreme Court

California’s Prop 8 Goes Down, Too!

June 26, 2013 - Today, the Supreme Court ruled, in the ACLU's lawsuit on behalf of Edie Windsor, that section 3 of the federal Defense of M

arriage Act (DOMA) violates the U.S. Constitution. This decision is a monumental victory for Edie Windsor and for married same-sex couples across the country. Even though the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal in the Perry case, the result means that California’s Prop 8 is unconstitutional, as well. Both of these cases are historic steps in the LGBT movement for equality.

But there is more work to do.


Marriage Equality in Oregon

ACLU of Oregon is, once again, joining with Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) to advance the relationship rights of LGBT couples.


High School GSA Story

A Story of Brave and Resourceful High-Schoolers in Oregon
by Jim Moore