Monday, May 19, 2014

Oregon Declares Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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.

U.S. 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.

Oregon 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.

Laurie 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.

"We always knew we wanted to spend our whole life together," Brown said. "This opportunity has come, it feels right, everything has fallen into place."

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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