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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) Members of the wedding industry gathered in SW Portland on Tuesday to show off the services they plan to offer same-sex couples who plan to get married if a ban on gay marriages is overruled in Oregon.

Josef Reither, the owner of Botanica Floral Design in SE Portland, was one of many present at the Wedding Professionals United for Marriage reception to show his support for marriage equality.

The amount of money weddings bring in annually is staggering not only to individual business owner but also to the city and general economy, said Reither. When it comes to business to discriminate just because theyre a same sex couple is wrong.

According to a new study conducted by UCLAs Williams Institute, more than 5,000 gay and lesbian couples would marry within the first three years if same-sex marriage was legalized in Oregon, resulting in more than $6,300 on average per wedding.

However, opponents are gathering signature for Initiative Petition 52, which would protect individuals, including businesses, from participating in ceremonies that violate their faith.

The first amendment of the U.S. constitution and the Oregon state constitution does not distinguish between individuals and clergy, said Shawn Lindsay with Friends of Religious Freedom.

Lindsay said the initiative would protect a Catholic harpist, Jewish violinist or Muslim pianist from government penalties or civil actions, extending religious protections to individuals.

Initiative Petition 52 could be on the ballot in November after enough signatures are gathered, according to Lindsay.

Oregon United for Marriage is also gathering signatures for Initiative Petition 8, which would allow voters to decide if same-sex marriages can be performed in Oregon. The ability for voters to decide, however, depends upon a federal judges ruling in Eugene after final arguments are made in a case challenging Oregons ban on gay marriage next week.

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My Son Qais

Mar 27 2014 / 3:38 pm

Qais Odwan.

By Rana Abdulla

My husband met Umm Qais last year in Jenin. She is a 56 year old Palestinian mother of five sons. Her son, Qais Odwan, was not only extra-judicially executed by Israel, he was also slanderously accused of a range of crimes he did not commit. Without arrest, without a trial, without a verdict, he was adjudged guilty. Of the evidence? We were told that there was more than enough evidence to prove his guilt, but that the evidence is deemed secret. You see, we were told, the only people who are trustworthy enough to view this evidence are members of the Israeli intelligence agencies. The Israeli state will not trust its own citizens or its own press with this information, and would certainly never allow the investigators from Palestine to learn anything about the facts behind these events. Instead, all inquiries were met with threats, and critics were silenced. The media were given no choice but to report the official, mostly fabricated, so-called secret evidence or to remain silent.

I am always deeply moved when I meet a mother who has lost a son. As my husband told me of this mothers story, my thoughts were such that I could not help but write down immediately what I had heard. At times, so overcome with emotion, I was forced to pause to compose myself while I, a mother of four myself, became immersed in the experience of another mother, whose family had been visited by such a terrible injustice. But I was not just distressed. As I wrote Umm Qais story about her son, my adrenalin was flowing. Even more than distress, the injustice visited upon Umm Qais and her family, filled me with determination and a strong sense of righteous indignation gave me strength. I felt myself transformed and equipped with the tools to fight this, and other similar injustices in the world. Qaiss story was not a happy one, but it was one to which I was determined to bring hope. Umm Qais story moved from the bleakest and most miserable, to one full of optimism for those with faith. Her son may have unjustly lost his life, yet if it teaches us anything it is that we can have compassion for the unfortunate, and remain vigilant and aware of the injustices around us.

Having made us aware of her painful, but all too familiar story, Um Qais can take comfort in our solidarity with her, and be secure in the knowledge that her experience will only strengthen our resolve to oppose this oppressive renegade yoke, known as the Israeli government. Men like Qais Odwan will always live in our memories and their heavy sacrifice will only spur us on to greater resistance.

The Real Qais Odwan

On 5 April 2002, during Operation Defensive Shield, Israel announced it had killed Qais Odwan, a 25-year-old engineering graduate student. The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) informed the world that Odwan engineered the Netanya suicide bombing on Passover eve that killed 26 Israelis in late March 2002, and that he had been one of the most wanted members of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad. Due to the mainstream medias complicity in the suppression of the true history of the expropriation of Palestinian land in the cause of the Zionist political movement, too many people in Canada, Europe, and the United States are unaware of the enormity of the crimes committed by the government of Israel. The media reports are almost entirely dictated by the false information provided by the IOF, and it is not only to the eternal shame of the various international media that they fail utterly to criticise Israels breaches of international law, but they also fail to report Israels disgraceful human rights record. Although the general media is negligent in its duty to report the truth, the voice of Umm Qais will not be silenced, as I am fully committed to relating Umm Qais tale to all who care for justice, and the pillars of the rule of law and the right to a fair trial.

Odwan was described as a simple, kind, disciplined and diligent young engineer. He was a leader, and a popular figure. His mother affirmed that her son never carried a gun in his life and never killed an insect. His brother Nassar, five years younger and a civil engineering student at the time of his brothers killing, said he was once shown a newspaper by a friend, and he and the friend discussed what was written in the paper about Odwan. Nassar then asked his brother: Why are you listed as the most wanted by Israel? Odwan told his brother: Whats being said about me is not true. How is it possible that I can be responsible for all this terrorism? I am motivating my people, I stand for justice and revealing the truth. I lead 13,000 students at Al-Najah University and I am a critical thinker, so I suppose in their world that automatically makes me a terrorist.

As Umm Qais spoke, she cradled a trophy her son had won for his design of a prototype of the Al-Najahs university building. Odwan was artistic and creative, and he designed and painted the model for the building, which was of a blue, white and gold colour. She looked at Odwan watercolor hanging on the wall. It was a depiction of an old Palestinian stone house with its windows and iron bars, engraved and leading to a gate. His teacher described him as a committed student academically and politically. I cannot imagine that hes a terrorist, Odwan spent his time either at school or with his grandfather in the mosque.

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Settlement construction at highest level in a decade

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Israel to add 35 West Bank settlements to new 'national priorities map'

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Oscar ominated costumes get museum treatment in LA

In this Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 photo, 2014 Oscar nominated costumes for “American Hustle,” by costume designer Michael Wilkinson are on display at the 22nd annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit, in Los Angeles, Calif. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising holds its free-to-the-public Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit on view until April 26, 2014, featuring this year’s five Oscar nominees: “American Hustle,” “The Grandmaster,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Invisible Woman” and “12 Years A Slave,” in Los Angeles.

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47 years a slave: A new perspective on the occupation

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In Gaza, water – and time – are running out

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Chilean soccer club banned from wearing jerseys featuring Palestine

Screenshot of the Argentinian website Ole, featuring a Palestine jersey.

The Chilean football federation has banned a top-division team from donning jerseys featuring the number one shaped as Palestine, Israel Radio reported on Tuesday.

The federation also slapped a $1,300 fine on the Santiago-based club, Palestino, founded by the large Palestinian community in Chile, according to the report.

The team unveiled the controversial shirts in December, igniting a war of words with members of the Chilean Jewish community, who demanded that the club apologize and that the shirts be banned.

Jewish groups said the design, which replaced the number one with a map of Palestine before the UN partition plan vote in 1947, amounted to anti-Israel propaganda by implying that all the land was Palestinian.

Palestino team members wore the jerseys for three matches before the federation intervened, saying it opposes any form of discrimination.

The Palestino club responded on its Facebook page, writing that, from its perspective, “a free Palestine will always be historical Palestine, nothing less.”

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