The campaign to legalize gay marriage in Oregon made its public debut Tuesday with an online video featuring a male gay couple and their son.

In the opening scenes of the 4-minute video produced by Oregon United For Marriage, Paul Rummell and Ben West sit side by side on a couch in their home.

Paul says he grew up in a “very traditional Catholic family.”

“[A]nd not very hospitable toward gays, for sure,” he says with a frown.

“I grew up in North Portland,” says Ben. “And I grew up in a very evangelical conservative fundamentalist home.”

The two men are the first public faces in what is expected to become a long and expensive campaign to bring marriage equality to Oregon next year.

On Valentine's Day, activists launched a petition drive to put the issue on next year's ballot. If successful, the 2014 referendum would reverse the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.

Paul and Ben, who were united in a ceremony officiated by former Portland Mayor Sam Adams, are also raising a foster son.

“Marriage to be me is bedrock to family and I want my family to be as stable as anybody else's family,” Ben says. “And I want somebody to grow old with. And I have the right to be loved and love also, just like anybody else.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)