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Wyden Firsts: Supporting Our Families

Ron and Senator Edward Kennedy were the first Senators to support marriage equality, with Ron publicly campaigning on the issue in 1995 during a tough race when even many Oregonians didn’t agree with him. For Ron, the issue was about personal freedom, which he expressed by saying, “If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get one.”

Ron was the first to recognize that families can best care for kids and authored a Federal “kinship care” policy that allows and promotes family members, like grandparents, to care for at-risk children. With this, parents recovering from alcohol or drug abuse can get healthy so they can care for their own children again.

Ron was also the first Senator to propose what became known as “Family First” foster care reform. The first major reform of foster care in decades, the new law insures that the Federal government, in conjunction with the states, can assist families in staying together whenever possible.

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Meet Ron Wyden

Ron Wyden & Jeff Merkley at a health care rallyRon Wyden is a champion for our progressive values -- standing up for consumers and the middle class, fighting for digital privacy and an open internet, protecting our planet and Oregon's special places, and always insisting on human rights and equality for all.

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