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Along the Oregon Trail to Marriage Equality

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, former Governors Ted Kulongowski and Barbara Roberts, HRC Board member Terry Bean and Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director Jeana Frazzini were some of the guests at a reception of the HRC Portland Steering Committee held at Butters Art Gallery in downtown Portland earlier this month.  Governor Roberts spoke of the energy and excitement of the effort to win marriage equality in Oregon. She and Terry Bean also encouraged people to attend HRC's Urban Farm Gala Dinner on Saturday, July 27 at Meriwether's Skyline Farms. I attended two years ago and the farm food was organically delicious, the location was beautiful, and the crowd was Portlandia perfect.

HRC Regional Field Director Tony Wagner and I also got to spend the earlier part of the day visiting with Basic Rights Oregon staff to discuss making Oregon the first state in our nation to repeal a ban on marriage equality next year.  We also made sure to buy our family members some Timbers' gear at Jeldwen Field.  

In 2012, HRC's Portland Steering Committee and other Oregonians proudly supported efforts on the north side of the Columbia River to pass marriage equality in Washington State.  The skills they learned will help them as they now join an Oregon United for Marriage.

I always have a great time in Portland.  Great people, food, landscape and community.  Stumptown, I'll be back.

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Photo: HRC's Portland Steering Committee recently hosted former Governors Barbara Roberts and Ted Kulongowski at an event at Butters Gallery in downtown Portland.  BRO's Jeana Frazzini (left, in red jacket), HRC Board member Terry Bean (on right next to Governor Roberts), HRC Fed Club member and Gala Sponsor Bill Dickey of Morel Ink, HRC Gala Sponsor Melanie Davis, Publisher of PQ Monthly, were also on hand.

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