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Political Leaders United for Marriage

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About Political Leaders United for Marriage

We are a broad-based, bipartisan and nonpartisan group of political leaders -- individuals and organizations -- who believe that all people should be able to share in the love and commitment of marriage.

We believe marriage and family are about love and commitment, working together, bettering the community, raising children, and growing old together. We believe in an Oregon that supports strong families and values freedom and equality. And we believe that marriage matters. To all Oregonians.

We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our state and our communities, and we’ve seen how important marriage has been for them and their families.

Ultimately, this is not a political issue. This is an issue of basic fairness. No one should be told it’s illegal to marry the person they love. Treating others as one would want to be treated includes allowing marriage for same-sex couples who are truly committed to each other.

We are united in our belief that allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples strengthens families and strengthens the state we love. And, we are united in our hope that the people of Oregon will join us in supporting the freedom to marry for all of Oregon’s loving, committed same-sex couples.

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Why political leaders support the freedom to marry

Basic freedom.

Allowing gay and lesbian Oregonians to get married is not a partisan or political issue. Rather, this is about a basic freedom that should not be denied to anyone. None of us would want to be told that it is illegal to marry the person we love. Treating others as one would want to be treated includes allowing marriage for same-sex couples who are truly committed to each other.

Oregon's shared values.

Allowing marriage licenses for same-sex couples strengthens families and strengthens the state we love. In Oregon, there are certain truths we hold dear. We believe in basic freedom. In tolerance. In treating others as we would want to be treated ourselves. We should listen to our hearts, and the values we all share—and vote yes to the freedom to marry.

Meet political leaders who support the freedom to marry

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Governor John Kitzhaber

John Kitzhaber, the governor of Oregon, was one of the first people to sign the sponsorship petition for the Freedom to Marry and Religious Protection Initiative when the campaign launched on Valentine’s Day of 2013. “I think its very clear that in the nine years since the initial ballot measure, Oregonians have evolved in their view of marriage equality,” Governor Kitzhaber said at the launch event. “No longer are Oregonians content to have a constitution that discriminates against people because they’re gay, because they’re lesbian, because they’re transgender.”
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Democratic Party of Oregon

"The campaign to end marriage discrimination against same-sex couples is a major priority for the Democratic Party of Oregon -- it's in our party platform, our daily efforts, and our hearts," says Frank Dixon, state chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. "As a gay man who's spent over 30 years with my partner, Dan, it's also very personal. I believe that every loving, committed couple deserves the dignity, support and recognition that only marriage can provide. That's why the Democratic Party of Oregon, alongside our elected leaders, is proud to support the Oregon United for Marriage Campaign." Read more.