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Two Featured Articles by Logan Lynn in This Year’s Annual Portland Mercury Queer Guide. Check Them Out Here.

I wrote a couple of the articles in this year’s Annual Portland Mercury Queer Guide. One is called “Your Nuptials Are Illegal: Five Above-the-Law Ways to Protect Your Partnership in (and from) Oregon” and the other is called “Location Is Everything: The Best Places to Get Same-Sex Married“. Pick it up on stands tomorrow in Portland, or read the transcript(s) below…

From The Portland Mercury Queer Guide: (6/14/2012)

Location Is Everything: The Best Places to Get Same-Sex Married” (in Portland)

It could be argued that where one gets married is as important as whom one wishes to marry—particularly when it comes to same-sex weddings. Everybody has their own idea about what makes a great ceremony, but here are a few locations where you can tie the knot in town without worrying about someone kicking your ass on your big day.

Hoyt Arboretum: Less than three miles from downtown, this 187-acre nature spectacle promises to give you and your guests tree boners for life. Check out hoytarboretum.org for details.

Q Center: Getting hitched at Portland’s queer center is safe, affordable, and socially conscious. Why not give your event dollars to an organization that cares about you in return? Visit pdxqcenter.org for the scoop.

Oaks Park: This small-town amusement park is charming and notoriously unicorn friendly. Indoor/outdoor event space and a rollercoaster? What else is there?! Check oakspark.com for more.

LGBT-Affirming Churches: For more traditional queers who want to become one in a church, the Community of Welcoming Congregations can help. Go to welcomingcongregations.org for a full list of gay-lovin’ religious establishments in the area.

Edgefield: This beautiful hotel/grounds combo is the perfect way to keep all of your visiting guests under one roof. It’s not cheap, but hey—neither are you. Email edge@mcmenamins.com for a quote.

Your Nuptials Are Illegal: Five Above-the-Law Ways to Protect Your Partnership in (and from) Oregon

Some queers (myself included) grow up wanting to meet that one special person with whom we fall madly in love and spend the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, we live in a state where that love is largely diminished and marginalized by the systems set up to protect us. Until marriage discrimination finally ends, here are five above-the-law ways you can protect your partnership:

1. Domestic partnership laws grant same-sex couples hospital visitation rights, the ability to file jointly on insurance forms, and rights relating to the death of a partner. It’s not marriage, but it’s as close as you can get at this point. Though, once either of you steps foot out of the state, your plan may be fucked.

2. Estate planning provides basic protections for unregistered domestic partners and added protections for registered couples. Even if you are broke with no “estate” to speak of, this is an essential move. Wills, trusts, and partnership agreements enable couples to legally make decisions for one another, inherit one aother’s property, and raise the other’s children. Your own wishes, written in your own words, are generally pretty hard to dispute in court.

3. Setting up a “durable power of attorney” is important because a regular power of attorney becomes ineffective if its grantor becomes “incapacitated.” If you go durable, that shit lasts until the grantor dies.

4. If you have kids, property, or joint business ventures in the mix, then things get more complicated. But as with most things, anything’s possible with the right lawyer. Beth Allen Law specializes in this locally. Call (503) 241-3103 to get the ball rolling.

5. Lastly, you could always tell Oregon where to put it, move to a state that values your relationship, and pay taxes there happily ever after. Frankly, there are too many people living here now anyway.

Category: life, Love, Marriage Discrimination, News, Oregon, Portland, Press, Relationships, The Portland Mercury, Uncategorized

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