Southwest Washington and Marriage Equality

Clark County Historical Museum will continue its 2019 First Thursday Speaker Series on Thursday, June 6, with “Southwest Washington and Marriage Equality.” Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.

This talk will explore the regional push for marriage equality and the narratives and lived experiences surrounding those efforts. Topics of discussion will include awareness of gay and lesbian issues in Clark County, the local campaign for marriage equality, and what remains to be done in Clark County following marriage equality. Event speakers will include Rory Bowman, Nikki Costa, and Micheil MacCutcheon.

Rory Bowman is a fifth-generation Washingtonian, born and raised in Vancouver. He has been involved in various gender justice issues since the 1980s, and is a board member with ACLU of Washington.

Nikki Costa is a public servant, having worked for Clark County in law and justice for more than 25 years. She is active in Rotary and has served on the Washougal City Council, the C-Tran Board of Directors, the Washougal Civil Service Commission, and the Washougal Cemetery Board. Costa has engaged politically on issues of equality since 2009, and has always been a visible and vocal member of the LGBTQ community.

Micheil MacCutcheon has spearheaded statewide marriage equality efforts from Clark County. He organizes Saturday in the Park, Vancouver’s annual LGBTQ Pride event, and has developed “Legal Family Matters” workshops that educate LGBTQ families on their legal and medical rights.  

The CCHM First Thursday Speaker Series is sponsored by the Clark County Historic Preservation Commission. General admission is $5; seniors and students are $4; children under 18 are $3; and the evening is free with a CCHM membership. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, as it is first-come, first-served seating.

For more information, contact the museum at 360-993-5679 or by email at

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