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Basic Rights Oregon kicks off ‘Marriage Matters to Me’ campaign

Evan Wolfson - Executive Direction Freedom to Marry

Evan Wolfson - Executive Direction Freedom to Marry

Starting today Basic Rights Oregon begins a big Marriage Matters to Me campaign with events in Portland, Bend and Eugene. All three will feature Evan Wolfson, founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, a national gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality across the country. In 2004 TIME magazine named Wolfson one of the “100 most influential people in the world.” Wolfson is the author of “Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People’s Right to Marry”. He wrote the book on marriage, literally.

The Marriage Matters To Me campaign is an effort to get Oregonians talking to their friends and neighbors about the freedom to marry.  Marriage is the ultimate expression of commitment and responsibility for the person you love.  But as you well know, gay and lesbian couples continue to be shut out of marriage in Oregon.

The most effective way to build support for marriage equality is to have conversations with the people we know – but often it’s hard to get the conversation started.

So Basic Rights Oregon is launching this new project to help pro-equality Oregonians tell people they know why they support marriage equality – via digital video.  The videos are uploaded to a website that integrates with email, Facebook, Twitter and so forth, allowing people to distribute their own videos to their own networks online.

Below are the details of the kickoff events:

Monday, November 2

6:00 PM
NOTE – NEW LOCATION!  This event will now be at Portland State University – Smith Memorial Student Union in the Vanport Room (#338). Click here to RSVP

Thanks to co-sponsors PFLAG State Council, Community of Welcoming Congregations, Rural Organizing Project, Equity Foundation, Rural Organizing Project and APLG/Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Portland.

Tuesday, November 3

7:00 p.m.
Old Stone Church in Bend
157 NW Franklin Ave.

Light refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP

Thank you to the following co-sponsors: Unitarian Universalists Fellowship of Central Oregon, ACLU of Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon Education Fund, Human Dignity Advocates of Crook County, GLBTbend.com, PFLAG Central Oregon, Human Dignity Coalition, Rural Organizing Project & Spice Trader Records.

Wednesday, November 4

6:00pm
Eugene Public Library
100 W 10th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401

Sponsored solely by the Eugene Public Library

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