Newspaper changes policy on birth announcements

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EUGENE, Ore - During a year when the nation nominated the first black president and one year after the state of Oregon passed a Domestic Parntership Law, one might say it's a victorious time to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"The important thing is to actually have human rights practicing in our own community," says Ken Neubeck with the Coalition for the Advancement of Human Rights.

In Eugene, The Register-Guard newspaper reports it will begin publishing names of same-sex couples in birth announcements. This is something the paper has refused to do in the past, which prompted protests from some members of the community.

For many, like Becky Flynn, it ended their Register-Guard subscription.

"Three and a half years ago when our daughter Hailey was born, we put both of our names on it at Sacred Heart Hospital and tried to turn it in," says Flynn. "They said, 'oh, the Register Guard won't take that.'"

Wednesday morning, she re-subscribed.

During a time filled with so many triumphs, there have also been defeats. For example, the passage of Proposition 8 in California. This eliminated the right for same sex couples to marry in that state.

This decision sparked massive protests and now, "Call in Gay Day."

"I'm calling in gay today, instead of I'm calling in sick," explains Summer Pennell. Pennell is participating in "Call in Gay Day."

Pennell says the protest encourages gay rights supporters to show how important they are to every day life.

"If suddenly we took out our support and don't buy anything today and don't spend any money, and don't go to work, there would be an impact," says Pennell.

Pennel says despite our human rights, in some places people are getting fired for this protest.

This anniversary, besides realizing how far we've come it's important to understand how far we have to go.

"I would like us to have a human rights culture," says Neubeck. "It's sort of like fish don't think about water. At some point we shouldn't have to think about what we are and are not doing with human rights."