Breaking: Oregon strikes down same-sex marriage ban

reuters / Hyde and Berkvist await marriage ceremonies in Portland
reuters / Hyde and Berkvist await marriage ceremonies in Portland
reuters / Same-sex marriage supporters line up for marriage licenses in Portland
reuters / Same-sex marriage supporters line up for marriage licenses in Portland
reuters / Same-sex marriage supporters Gregory and Banerjee smile in Portland
reuters / Same-sex marriage supporters Gregory and Banerjee smile in Portland

Oregon has become the 13th state to strike down its gay marriage ban. Via ABC:

A federal judge threw out Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th consecutive legal victory for gay marriage advocates since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of a federal ban.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene ruled the voter-approved ban unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples, and he ordered the state to stop enforcing it.

“I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families,” he wrote. “Families who we would expect our constitution to protect, if not exalt, in equal measure.”

State officials earlier refused to defend Oregon’s constitutional ban, and said they’d be prepared to carry out same-sex marriages almost immediately if McShane struck it down.

In Portland, couples lined up outside the Multnomah County clerk’s office in anticipation of Monday’s ruling. Among them were Laurie Brown and Julie Engbloom, who got engaged on their 10th anniversary in April.

“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.”

 

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