Post submitted by Trevor Chandler, former HRC Associate Regional Field Director

This past Monday at Portland's Native American Youth Association and Family Center, Oregon United for Marriage unveiled an impressive coalition of 17 organizations that represent communities of color throughout the state. 

The announcement comes on the heels of oral arguments beginning in the legal challenge to Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. These additions are part of a coalition of over 500 organizations that have endorsed marriage equality, making it one of the largest campaigns in Oregon history.

A decision in the case is not expected for a few weeks.

Members of the just-announced coalition include:

  • Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
  • Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO) Black Caucus
  • Edúcate Ya
  • Fat Fancy
  • Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK)
  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • Latino Network
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Mano a Mano
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Eugene, Springfield, & Lane County
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Portland
  • Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA)
  • Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) Portland Black Chapter
  • Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)
  • Urban League of Portland
  • Western States Center

 HRC is proud to be a leading partner of the Oregon United for Marriage campaign. In addition to significant funding, HRC has contributed a full-time organizer and a faith director.

Together we're going to make history in Oregon.

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