Commissioner Nick Fish said he knows many people who could be "targeted" by the new law in Arizona, including his mother-in-law, who after three decades in the United States still speaks imperfect English, with a Spanish accent.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz emigrated from England. She said she knows her accent “is considered charming by folks, sometimes,” but that goodwill doesn’t apply to all accents.
“We are serious about equal rights in Portland, in Oregon, in the United States, aye,” she said.
Mayor Sam Adams, who is openly gay, said the pushback his office has received to this resolution pales compared with the pressure on the two Arizona city mayors opposed to the anti-illegal immigration law.
“I would encourage everyone to do everything they can to support those two cities,” he said.
-- Janie Har