Ashland Hosts Third Annual Pride Parade

, Posted: Sat, October 13 2012 at 7:15 PM, Updated: Sat, October 13 2012 at 10:59 PM

This morning streets in Ashland were filled for the third annual Southern Oregon Pride Parade, which supports legalizing gay marriage. It's a hot button issue a handful of states will face this November.

The organizers of the pride parade touted love and acceptance, even Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown showed up.

But with the general election only a few weeks away, it was hard for folks not to talk about the the subject of gay marriage.

Nataionwide it's a controversial topic with several states, including Washington, voting on legalizing marriage for all.

While there is no gay marriage measure on the ballot in Oregon, it's something some local and state politicians say they're working toward.

"I'm very committed to making sure that same sex couples can marry and hope to have that opportunity sometime in the next couple of years."

And today -- streets were packed in Ashland for Southern Oregon's third annual pride parade. organizers say thousands of people attended.

The festival invites members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer community to celebrate diversity and individuality.

"It is a celebration of diversity, it's the LGBTQ community, where we all come together and celebrate our difference."

The overall message today from everyone we spoke with was acceptance and being a true individual.

"It's, like, we're all human, and i just want everyone to be accepting of everyone else"

Organizers of today's event say things went smoothly.

However, opponents of gay marriage say the sanctity of marriage should remain between a man and a woman.


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