President Obama became the first sitting president to support the freedom to marry, and on November 6th, four states made history by supporting the freedom to marry at the ballot box. Truly, it was a year of firsts for our movement!
Basic Rights Oregon was proud to be a part of the election day victories. This fall, we filled over a thousand volunteer shifts having conversations with Washington voters about the freedom to marry. With the help of volunteers across Oregon, we moved the needle of support and helped win marriage for our neighbors.
We didn’t rest after the election, however.
We hit the road on our statewide Engaged Tour, traveling to 14 communities. We met with activists and created a plan for growing public support in communities of all sizes. At each stop, we asked everyone to commit to having personal and compelling conversation over the holidays with people in their lives about the freedom to marry.
In November, we challenged supporters to help bring the freedom to marry to Oregon in three ways: sign our online pledge, commit to have ten conversations about the freedom to marry, and help us raise $100,000 before the end of the year.
The great news is we blew through those goals!
We raised well over $100,000 for Basic Rights Education Fund, for Basic Rights Oregon’s Measure PAC and through the Willamette Week Give Guide! Thank you for your support.
But what’s most exciting is how many of you pledged to support the freedom to marry and have conversations with the people in your lives. Between our online supporters, the hundreds of people who attended community meetings, and the thousands of people who signed our change.org petition, over 6,500 people pledged to have over 65,000 conversations this holiday season!!
Imagine the impact! People across the state sat down with their friends and families this holiday season to discuss why marriage matters to them. We know that through sharing our stories, we’re already changing hearts and minds across the state.
Below are some of the pictures from our fall tour.