Stand with Tex and Anna
Portland couple Alison “Tex” Clark and Anna Campbell married last year in Vancouver, British Columbia. They stood in front of family and friends to make a lifetime commitment to each other, pledging to share all the joys and sorrows that life can bring, to be a family, and to take care of each other.
And when they got back home, Tex’s employer–the federal government–told them their marriage didn’t count.
As a same-sex couple, Oregon and Federal law both exclude Tex and Anna from the legal protections of marriage.
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After their wedding, Tex filed a legal case, and this week a judge ruled that the federal government’s decision was discriminatory. Further, Judge Harry Pregerson of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals wrote that Oregon’s Measure 36– the law says says gays and lesbians cannot marry the person they love–”does not pass constitutional muster.”
We agree. Oregon’s constitution should not be used to exclude couples like Tex and Anna from marriage.
Unfortunately, the judge’s ruling doesn’t have a broad impact. The decision resolves an individual employment dispute; it has no legal effect for same-sex couples in Oregon who do not work in the Office of the Federal Public Defender.
To win the freedom to marry we have to change Oregon’s state constitution. So it protects all of us. The most direct route to making our state a place that supports the freedom to marry is for Oregonians to affirm that value on the 2014 ballot.
And we need your help. Please consider making a contribution today. Even $5 will help us educate Oregonians across the state about why marriage matters to Tex and Anna, and thousands of couples like them.