11 Oregonians who signed in favor of the freedom to marry this week

This weekend was an amazing few days for the freedom to marry in Oregon. "Oregon Says I Do," the petition drive to collect signatures to place the freedom to marry on the ballot for Fall 2014 was launched, and the campaign smashed its own goal in record time. "Oregon Says I Do" set out to collect 10,000 signatures in ten days - and in the first three days of the petition drive, they have already collected well over 10,000. The huge support has prompted supporters of the freedom to marry in Oregon to double their goal, setting their sights on 20,000 signatures by Sunday. 

In Oregon, efforts are under way to secure marriage for same-sex couples through a ballot initiative: If "Oregon Says I Do" can secure enough signatures, a ballot initiative will be placed before voters in November 2014 to overturn the state's anti-marriage constitutional amendment and replace it with an amendment that ends the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage. Oregon would be the first state in the country to proactively amend the constitution in support of the freedom to marry. You can learn more HERE

Thousands of people across the state signed the petition this weekend. Check out 11 photos of signers below, via Oregon United for Marriage!

1. In Portland, the first signers of the ballot measure were these two couples, who helped kick off the movement to win marriage in Oregon in 2004. 

2. Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer signed on the first day of the petition drive.

3. As did Freedom to Marry's Director of Organizing Thomas Wheatley, who lives and works in Oregon!

4. A couple in Ashland, OR signed...

5. And so did this couple!

6. In Eugene, OR, people across the city stood up for marriage... 

7. ...As did folks in Corvallis, OR...

8. ...And Portland!

9. Volunteers from all over Oregon joined the movement to collect even more signatures...

10. ...including stopping bike riders and asking for their support...

11 ...and talking to their neighbors.

Learn more about the freedom to marry in Oregon HERE