PostHeaderIcon The Time is Now for The Freedom To Marry Initiative


Gov. Barbara Roberts and Gov. John Kitzhaber show off their signed petitions with Jeana Frazzini (center), Peter Zuckerman, Karol Collymore, Loretta Smith, Ted Wheeler and Juan Martinez at Hotel Monaco

MARRIAGE MOVEMENT: On Valentine's Day (and the state of Oregon's birthday), in 14 cities across the state, hundreds of Oregonians step forward to sign sponsorship petitions to advance the "Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative" for the November 2014 election.

"We are inviting our partners and supporters to take this next step with us: To sign the sponsorship petition, and commit to uniting Oregon in support of the freedom to marry for all Oregonians," says Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon and chief petitioner for Oregon United for Marriage.

At the Portland event, at Hotel Monaco, Governor John Kitzhaber and former Governor Barbara Roberts were two of the first Oregonians to put their signatures on the petition. They spoke about their desire to see the freedom to marry to happen in Oregon in 2014.

As Gov. Kitzhaber said as he was leaving the podium, "let's get it done."

To that end, the current and former governor were joined by representatives of several organizations who have worked with Basic Rights Oregon over the past several years to engage communities across Oregon, and build support for the freedom to marry.

“As more and more people come to understand that committed couples, whether they are gay or straight, hope to marry for similar reasons, they're coming to realize that this is much more than a political issue," says Roberts. "This is about love, commitment and family."

Frazzini, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, and State Treasurer Ted Wheeler also spoke at the Portland event, joined by many other elected and community leaders.

Last Updated (Friday, 15 February 2013 14:16)

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