Oregon's controversial ban on religious dress originated in the 1920s as an anti-Catholic measure and was supported by the Ku Klux Klan at a time of overt hostility toward racial and religious minorities. Other laws enacted at the same time discriminated against Asian immigrants ; those other laws had long since been repealed, but Oregon was one of only three states in the United States that still prohibited teachers from wearing religious dress in the public schools.
In February 2010, Oregon's legislature voted by landslide margins to end the state's 87-year-old ban on religious dress for public school teachers, and the ban itself was repealed by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski in April 2010 Learn more
- March 8, 2010 - The Sikh Coalition sent a letter to Oregon's Governor urging him to end Oregon's discriminatory ban on Sikh teachers.
- February 15, 2010 - The Sikh Coalition prepared written testimony and educational material for the Oregon legislature