Boy, when you look at the civil equality of LGBT Americans today you really begin to understand the concept of a snowball rolling down a hill...there seems to be no stopping the current legal momentum. A federal judge in Oregon has now declared that the state's ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional, bringing the number of US states to EIGHT that have done just that. All are currently in appeal...
Courtesy Huffington Post
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon's
voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional.
District Judge Michael McShane said the ban unconstitutionally
discriminates against same-sex couples and ordered the state not to
enforce it. State officials earlier refused to defend the constitutional
ban in court.
McShane joined judges in seven other states who have struck down gay marriage bans, though appeals are underway.
state officials have said they'd be prepared to carry out same-sex
marriages almost immediately, and couples lined up outside the county
clerk's office in Portland in anticipation of the McShane's decision.
Brown and Julie Engbloom arrived early Monday at the Multnomah County
Building to form the line for marriage licenses. The two have been a
couple for 10 years. Engbloom proposed in April, when they celebrated
their anniversary by climbing Smith Rock in Central Oregon.
always knew we wanted to spend our whole life together," Brown said.
"This opportunity has come, it feels right, everything has fallen into
Four gay and lesbian couples brought the Oregon cases,
arguing the state's marriage laws unconstitutionally discriminate
against them and exclude them from a fundamental right to marriage.
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