PORTLAND - A rally in support of gay marriage drew several hundred to the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland Tuesday evening.
A number of couples struggling with a maze of state gay marriage laws went to the rally organized by Oregon United for Marriage. Among them were Mike Freed and James Freed.
"He's put up with me for 25 years," James Freed told KGW. "He deserves my Social Security if I die."
Speakers at the rally included Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. A rally also was held in Eugene.
Earlier in the day, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Linda Campbell of Oregon spoke to hundreds at a rally in Washington D.C. in support of same-sex marriage.
She made history when she was the first person to ever get approval to bury her same-sex spouse in a military cemetery, the Willamette National Cemetery in Southeast Portland.
“It's electric, people are smiling, it's a huge celebration," she said. "We know that everyday more and more people are changing their minds on this subject when they learn that their family and their friends and their loved ones and their neighbors and their co-workers are gay. They're saying, 'Hey they deserve the same rights as we have.'”
Photo Courtesy: Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian
KGW Reporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report