On May 2, 2007, the Oregon Senate passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to enter into contractual domestic partnerships with the same benefits as married couples. The Senate's passage followed approval by the Oregon House of Representatives of the same bill earlier in 2007. The bill was signed into law by Governor Ted Kulongoski in May. The new law sparked a failed referendum bid and a legal challenge in federal court that was ultimately dismissed by the Ninth Circuit in 2008.
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