A little rain can't stop Portland Pride Parade
PORTLAND, Ore- They came from all over the metro. Some tall, some short. Young and old, gay and straight, some even had four legs.
Despite their differences they were all there to celebrate Portland pride.
"What's special is finally families, all families, are afforded the opportunity to be cared for, protected and loved by the entire community. It's a wonderful feeling," Jane Lovelady said.
Lovelady, of Lake Oswego, wore her bridal veil to send a message.
Last year she finally married her partner of three decades in Washington because she couldn't do that legally in Oregon.
"We've been together for 33 years and tried every other attempt to get married, that one of course was nullified," Lovelady said.
But a judge struck down the same sex marriage ban last month, a cause for celebration for Lovelady who knows future generations won't have to fight the same battles she did.
Down the parade route the party continued. Mario Diaz and his girlfriend Hannah Maspel-Lipson marched along with a group from the ACLU.
"Solidarity, I think it's as simple as that," Diaz said.
"We're allowed to get married and express our love publicly and there's no reason everybody shouldn't be able to as well. Just because we are straight we should support everyone else as well," Maspel-Lipson said.
And judging by the crowds here, a lot of people agree with her.