Marriage Equality Activist Speaks at UO

EUGENE, Ore. — Gay marriage will be legal in every state within the next five years. That’s the word from the legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Shannon Minter addressed a full house at the University of Oregon. He’s served as counsel for same-sex couples in the California Marriage Equality case which held that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

During the speech he highlighted how far marriage equality has come in just the last few months.

He says the most important thing people fighting for gay marriage rights can do is connect with people one-on-one.

“Encouraging the gay community to really have the courage to share your personal story,” said Minter. “Even though it’s difficult sometimes to share your personal story with your own family and your neighbors and your friends.”

Minter believes Oregon voters will approve gay marriage in 2014 if it makes it on the November ballot.

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