Waldport City Councilor Greg Holland has married his domestic partner, Carlos Lazaro at a ceremony on November 12th in Long Beach, California. The two had been domestic partners for 26 years and have resided for 8 years in Waldport.
Greg has been collecting signatures to help get a marriage equality proposition on the November, 2014 ballot in Oregon.
The two decided to not wait for Oregon to pass the initiative, especially when the Oregon Department of Justice has filed an opinion that Oregon must recognize gay marriages performed in other states, even though Oregon presently doesn’t allow gay marriages.
The couple have faced the problems that a domestic partnered couple face; hospitals refusing to allow the domestic partner to make decisions about his partner’s health until the parents approve. Taxes Greg had to pay on the portion his employer paid, on Carlos’ behalf, for medical insurance. Domestic partners have no right to survivorship benefits from Social Security. All in all there are over 1,000 new rights that married couples have now that they didn’t have when they were domestic partners.
Greg welcomes your well-wishes and offers support to other couples that are thinking about taking the plunge. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org