Voice for Equality: Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Earl Blumenauer is an American politician and lawyer from the state of Oregon. A native of Portland, he spent over 20 years as a public official representing the city before winning election to the United States House of Representatives in 1996. A Democrat, he represents Oregon's 3rd congressional district which includes most of Portland east of the Willamette River.

In conjunction with the introduction of the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA) by Rep. Jerrold Nadler on September 15, 2009, Rep. Earl Blumenauer wrote a piece on the Huffington Post opening with the line, "On July 12, 1996, I cast the worst vote of my political career," - referring to his vote for the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act." Among his other comments in the piece:

I long ago recognized and acknowledged the mistake I made, and I have spent time understanding the problems in my thinking and analysis. It has resulted in frank and important conversations with many gay and lesbian friends, and if anything it has strengthened my commitment to the cause of banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and has made me a better lawmaker. I will work to make sure that my colleagues who once, for whatever reason, joined me in supporting this ill-advised measure [the Defense of Marriage Act] take this opportunity to correct their record and eliminate an injustice. [Link]

Freedom to Marry salutes Congressman Earl Blumenauer as a Voice for Equality!

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