A proposed amendment to Oregon's antidiscrimination laws passed a major hurdle this week, as the state senate's judiciary committee voted to bring the measure to the full senate for a vote. If it passes both houses, as predicted, the bill would add protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in public accommodations, including education. 17 states have similar laws already.
If the amendment passes, Oregon students will enjoy more protection against discrimination than they currently receive under Title IX. Title IX covers some discrimination against gay and lesbian students, but is limited to harassment that is sexual in nature.