Love Wins Gallery
Beth & Olivia
"I didn't really care when we first got married what the government thought about our relationship. We needed to get married so when things got tough, we were held accountable for it by our friends and family. When we started to talk about having kids, that changed things a lot. We both needed to have the legal aspect of being able to protect our family.
That's when it really became important to me as the non-birth parent to have a legal marriage so I could have the same rights for our kids. I had to adopt Oliver legally, but with Bitty I won't have to because our marriage will be recognized nationwide. " -Beth
Rachael & Bonnie
"Getting married is important to me because I think it's so spectacular that our son will be able to grow up in a country where his mamas won't be any different than mamas and papas or papas and papas.
I can now introduce Rachael as my wife without hesitating. That's something I've had to do in the past: "Do I use the term wife, partner, or girlfriend?" There's been such an evolution of that word for me.
It's so nice today to finally be able to say, "This is my wife, and this is my son, and we have another baby on the way, and this is our family. It's recognized. It's really a fantastic thing." -Bonnie
Erin & Sarah
"Love comes in so many different forms. It's a beautiful thing. There's love of your family, love of your friends, but then there's romantic love. For me, romantic love has no boundaries, no walls.
If you feel a connection, a spark, then follow it. Don't let anything stop you. Love can come in the form of a 6'3" man, or it could come in the form of a 5'4" woman. You fall in love with who you fall in love with, and you have to go for it.
Just let your heart guide the way. Don't let your brain tell you differently- and when you see true love anywhere, support it. Don't ever stand in its way. You have to hold it up. " -Erin & Sarah
Helen & Maddox
"We're human beings, we love each other, and we honor our commitment, so it's important for the rest of the world to honor that commitment too.
I would say, to anyone who doesn't understand why marriage equality is important, that it's a matter of being legally, personally, and politically recognized as someone worthy of being noticed and afforded equal rights. That sums it up. I feel like to be fully human, in this nation, you need legal recognition. It's a matter of dignity." -Maddox
Kim & Jessica
It was a lengthy, lengthy ordeal. I did a scavenger hunt throughout Portland of all the places where we had gone on dates and had our first experiences together.
At the end, I was there with our dog. I had worked for months to train him to hold the ring case in his mouth, so he could be part of the proposal too.
But in the end, when he saw Kim coming, he got so excited that he just spit it out and ran to her. I was like, "after all that trouble, and months of preparation...." -Jessica
Rasha & Vanna
"Marriage equality is important to us because we have a family.
We didn't feel like we belonged, we didn't feel like we had the same rights, but now we do. It makes a huge difference because love is love, period. Whether that's with two men, two women, a man and a woman, or different genders. It's just a family, and it's about being validated.
I don't feel like a second class citizen anymore. We're just like anyone else. We work, we pay our bills, we pay our taxes and we're raising a child. There is really no difference." -Vanna
Gia & Sarah