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Archive for the ‘Marriage Equality’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters

Two decisions were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of marriage.

These cases are a victory for loving, married couples and their families — and for equal justice under the law. The Supreme Court affirmed that all loving and committed couples who marry deserve equal legal respect and treatment. Today the justices ruled on the right side of history.

Our country is on a journey of understanding. As more people talk to gay and lesbian friends and family about why marriage matters, they’re coming to realize that this is not a political issue. This is about encouraging long term loving and committed relationships.

There is a groundswell of momentum. Our neighboring state Washington and other states recently have extended the freedom to marry to every loving and committed couple.  A number of foreign countries have done likewise.  Polls show a growing majority believe all loving and committed couples should have the freedom to marry. And this ruling hopefully brings us one step closer to winning the freedom to marry in Oregon. 

Marriage matters because it strengthens families. Marriage says “we are family” in a way that no other word does and is a fundamental freedom. It is as basic as the Golden Rule: treating others as one would want to be treated includes allowing marriage for gay and lesbian couples who are truly committed to each other.  We are hopeful that Oregon will be the first state to rescind a constitutional amendment limiting the freedom to marry.  

Even though these decisions are significant, they also underscore the work still to be done here in Oregon. We must continue our campaign to make marriage legal for all couples in Oregon, regardless of gender. One of the cases announced, United States v. Windsor, (the DOMA case), holds that if a couple is legally married under state law, they are also married for federal purposes. The implications are significant: a couple legally married under state law (regardless of gender) would be able to file joint tax returns, receive social security spousal benefits, receive the spousal deduction under the estate tax laws, etc. But such equality under federal law cannot be available for same-sex couples in Oregon until we change the state constitutional provision limiting the freedom to marry.

PostHeaderIcon Marriage Equality is in the News!

400 Signatures in Lincoln County!

Hope you’ve seen our Marriage Equality ad with almost 400 names in the July 1 issue of  Oregon Coast Today–it’s been very exciting to see it in print and to share it with lots of people.  We’re making a poster of the ad which will be displayed around the county–and we can add more names before it’s printed.  If your name is not yet on the ad–please send an email to pflagocc@gmail.com by July 11 and we’ll add it before printing the posters. PFLAG Ad 070111

Article & Editorial in July 3 Oregonian

Did you see the article in the July 3 Oregonian about three gay couples with church ties who support marriage equality–and the editorial that urges churches to take a leading role in the struggle for equality?  Here’s the link:

Gay Soldier’s Family Supports Marriage Equality

Here’s an inspiring article from CNN about a gay soldier and his family’s dedication to marriage equality–my favorite Fourth of July story this year!






PostHeaderIcon Update June 21, 2011

Some good news to share……

Saturday, June 18 was Pink Dot Day in Singapore–celebrating Freedom to Love!  Watch, then share this short video!

AARP has devoted a page to the LGBT community – this is progress!

And an article about supporting LGBT children –


Save these dates….

Mon.  June 27 FREE HIV/AIDS Testing    All Day at Health Dept. on Nye St.
National HIV/AIDS Testing Day

Wed. June 29    7 PM at St. Stephen’s Church in Newport
Dessert Potluck to celebrate our Marriage Equality newspaper ad
and showing of film, “Edie & Thea”, the story of a 40 year engagement.

Sat. July 9 PFLAG Table at Newport Saturday Market
Sign up for a shift–8:15 to 10:30 or 10:30 to 1:15

Wed. July 13 7 PM at St. Stephen’s Church in Newport
PFLAG Meeting    Transgender Faces and Facets film by Boulder PFLAG Chapter

PostHeaderIcon What’s Coming Up this Summer?

Oregon Central Coast PFLAG
Upcoming Events, Summer 2011

June 8           PFLAG Meeting       Marc Adams, Heartstrong

Heartstrong’s mission is to provide information, support and hope to LGBT students in religious high schools and colleges who have no role models or adult encouragement.

June 11         PFLAG Table at Newport Saturday Market

Information table staffed by PFLAG members and volunteers from Lincoln County’s Welcoming Churches

June 24         PFLAG’s Marriage Equality Ad in Newport News-Times

PFLAG members have collected over 300 signatures of those who support Marriage Equality to be published during “Wedding Month”

July 9             PFLAG Table at Newport Saturday Market

Information table staffed by PFLAG members and volunteers from Lincoln County’s Welcoming Churches

July 13           PFLAG Meeting       Transgender Faces & Facets

Beginning our community information and discussion about the least common and most misunderstood aspect of gender identity with a film produced by the Boulder PFLAG Chapter

August 10     PFLAG Meeting  Transgender Speaker

David Weekley, Methodist Clergyman from Portland will be guest speaker

August 13     PFLAG Table at Newport Saturday Market

Information table staffed by PFLAG members and volunteers from Lincoln County’s Welcoming Churches

August  21    PFLAG Annual Family Picnic   1-4 PM  at Beaver Creek Park, Newport

PostHeaderIcon Marriage Equality and Mother’s Day

PFLAG Friends,

Here are a few suggestions from Basic Rights Oregon to link Mother’s Day to the Marriage Equality campaign using Facebook.

1.     Send BRO photos and quotes from one or two members of the group.  If folks are interested in participating they can send a picture of themselves with their child (ideally this would be a mom and her adult LGBT child but we have some flexibility here), along with a quote we can use as  a caption.  Captions can read:  “My mother’s day wish is for my child to have the freedom to marry the person they love”,  or “my mother’s day wish is for my daughter to be able to marry the love of her life, as my son was able to marry his “,  or “my mother’s day wish is for my grandkids moms/dads to be able to marry each other”.  Send photos & captions to Demi@basicrights.org

2.   Go on Facebook on Wednesday, May 4th and change their status to “My mother’s Day wish is for everyone (/my daughter/my son) to have the freedom to marry the person they love.  If you agree, please repost.”

3.   BRO will have weeklong “events” on Facebook for this Mother’s Day theme.  If you all have a Facebook page you could also participate by following our page and then reposting to your page.

Thanks for all you’re doing to make Marriage Equality a reality!


Jeanne St.John, Chair

Here’s another great Freedom to Marry story from New York.  The video shows Richard and John who have been together 61 years–and want to be married in New York.  Click on the link to see the video and support marriage equality in New York.

Winning the freedom to marry in New York is within our reach this spring. And I can promise you, Freedom to Marry is doing everything we can to get the job done.

Marriage is crucial to couples like Richard and John. They just celebrated 61 years together as a couple, and they desperately want to marry in New York. After 61 years, haven’t they waited long enough?

Freedom to Marry’s video tells Richard and John’s story. Please watch and share it with everyone you know:


Whether a couple is newly engaged or has been waiting to tie the knot for 61 years, each moment spent denied the freedom to marry is a moment too long.

Freedom to Marry has joined with Empire State Pride Agenda, Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans New York, and Marriage Equality New York in a united effort to get the job done. Our New Yorkers United for Marriage coalition is working side-by-side with the governor and legislators to line up the votes to bring marriage home in New York.

Join Freedom to Marry in helping to win marriage in New York. You can start by sharing this video:


New York is closer than ever before to passing a marriage bill and ending this cruel exclusion and closer than ever to making history and adding to our national momentum. Make sure you are a part of it.

Together we can bring the freedom to marry home.

Evan Wolfson
Founder and President, Freedom to Marry