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Washington United Teams Up with HRC in Portland

This post comes from Noah Burgher, one of HRC's field organizers working in Washington State as part of the Washington United for Marriage coalition.

This weekend, I joined members of the HRC Portland steering committee, Basic Rights Oregon and other Washington United volunteers at Portland Pride to talk to Washington State voters and supporters of marriage equality.

Portland is just across the river from America's Vancouver and many Washingtonians make the yearly trek for Pride. Some even make trips to Portland regularly.

Folks were excited about the campaign and are making time to contact their friends and families in Washington to make sure they vote to APPROVE Referendum 74 in November. One volunteer, who lives near Vancouver and works in Portland is making sure her newborn can grow up knowing her parents are married.  After being together for so many years, she and her partner look forward to finally having the chance that so many other couples in this state have, to officially be recognized as married. Also helping out at our booth were an ordained minister and his wife, both of whom have been performing wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples for years, and believe every loving couple has the right to marry.

Join us in Southwest Washington and across the state talking to voters about the referendum. We're hosting phone banks and canvasses AND we¹ll be out talking to our supporters this weekend at Pride in Seattle. For more information, contact me at

HRC is proud to have been a founding member of the campaign to pass marriage equality in Washington State, working side-by-side with state partners. You can sign up here to volunteer with HRC to help mobilize supporters of marriage equality in Washington.  Learn more about the campaign to protect marriage equality here.

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