Patrick and his husband, Christopher, were never married in the traditional sense, but that never limited them in how they felt for each other. When Christopher became ill, Patrick was the legal voice for the couple. A misunderstanding in what a Registered Domestic Partnership means resulted in Patrick's removal from the hospital room. Listen to Patrick's Story, hear the message, and understand why it is so important to realize what it means to be married for all people wishing to commit to each other.

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Marriage is the ultimate expression of commitment and responsibility for the person you love. It says “we’re family” in a way that no other word can - and there are many


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Does marriage matter to you too?
Join us in signing the Freedom to Marry Pledge!

Marriage is the ultimate expression of commitment and responsibility for the person you love. It says “we’re family” in a way that no other word can - and there are many ways that only marriage can allow you to protect and care for the people you love.

By signing this pledge, I am joining the thousands of Oregonians who support extending civil marriage to committed gay and lesbian couples.

I pledge to talk with friends and family about why marriage matters to all of us.

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