Oregon United for Marriage kicks off campaign with ‘Summer of Love’ event

On June 1, Oregon United for Marriage, the campaign working to pass the freedom to marry in Oregon, kicked off its canvassing efforts with 'Summer of Love,' a rally to mobilze volunteers and engage supporters of the freedom to marry in a signature-collecting effort.

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U.S. Reps Scott (D-GA) and Schrader (D-OR) announce support for the freedom to marry

This week, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. David Scott (D-GA) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) announced their support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

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Winning More States: Where marriage stands in 7 key states across the country

In 2013, we've already seen significant developments from states where we can win marriage this year, and several other states have taken the first steps toward winning marriage. Here's a look at some recent victories, and what's on the horizon for these 7 States.

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300 Mayors speak out for the freedom to marry

Today, Mayors for the Freedom to Marry welcomed its 300th member. 300 mayors from 32 states and the District of Columbia have signed the pledge to support marriage for same-sex couples, meaning the coalition has nearly quadrupled in size since launching last year.

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Supporters in IL, MN and OR look to move marriage forward on Valentine’s Day

It's big Valentine's Day for the freedom to marry - marriage supporters in Illinois, Minnesota, and Oregon have big movements planned today to take steps toward winning the freedom to marry for all couples across the country.

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11 State Democratic Party Chairs endorse freedom to marry plank

Today 11 State Democratic Party chairs from across the country joined in support of a freedom to marry plank in the party’s national platform. The chairs include John Burton (CA), Jay Jacobs (NY), John Walsh (MA), Ken Martin (MN), Meredith Wood Smith (OR), Boyd Richie (TX), Jake Perkinson (VT), Mike Tate (WI), Dwight Pelz (WA), Jon Wisniewski (NJ), and Joan Wagnon (KS).

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22 Senators endorse freedom to marry plank in 2012 National Democratic Platform

Today, the Washington Blade reported that 22 senators have joined a growing number of politicians and advocates who have endorsed including a freedom to marry plank in the Democratic Party’s 2012 national platform.

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A Matter of Life and Death

Freedom to Marry's Director of Public Engagement Thalia Zepatos recalls he lengths a man had to go to – at the worst possible time – to prove that he and his partner of many years were indeed a family.

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Oregon gay couple’s Christmas letter urges neighbors to talk about marriage equality

Dan and Marcos German-Domingues sent out a Christmas card with a special message this year.

The couple sent out hundreds of letters to their neighbors asking them to take a moment during the holiday season to think and talk about an issue close to their hearts — marriage equality.

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Evan Wolfson’s Oregon Appearances

Freedom to Marry
November 11, 2009
As noted in our blog last week, Freedom to Marry's Executive Director, Evan Wolfson, made a number of appearances in Oregon last week as part of Basic Rights Oregon's drive to put an initiative on the Oregon ballot as early as 2012 to lift the constitutional ban on marriage equality that was passed in 2004. At personal appearances in Portland, Bend and Eugene, as well as on various local radio and television shows, Mr. Wolfson made the case for Why Marriage Matters, and why it's so important for LGBT people to have conversations and share their stories.

A list of links to local coverage of Mr. Wolfson's appearances:

The Oregonian (Graves)
The Portland Mercury http://m.portlandmercury.com/portland/ArticleArchives?tag=Basic%20Rights%20Oregon

The Source Weekly http://www.tsweekly.com/opinion/guest-commentary/the-truth-about-marriage-civil-rights-expertto-take-on-marriage-equality-in-bend.html
The Oregonian Editorial Board http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/11/a_big_leap_forward_in_the_stat.html


The Oregonian (Mapes) http://blog.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/2009/11/gay_marriage_advocates_look_to.html
Just Out http://blogout.justout.com/?p=11868
Loaded Orygun blog http://loadedorygun.net/tag/Evan%20Wolfson
Eugene Weekly http://blogs.eugeneweekly.com/node/1279
The Oregonian (Griffin) http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/anna_griffin/index.ssf/2009/11/maine_vote_on_gay_ marriage_inf.html


KDRV (ABC – Medford) http://kdrv.com/page/147617
KOMO (ABC – Seattle) http://www.komonews.com/news/local/68807232.html

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