November 2, 2005
Is Oregon Gay-Marriage Ban Constitutional?
Everybody involved in the debate over gay marriage in Oregon is waiting for a Marion County judge to rule on whether the ban approved by voters last November is constitutional. Gay rights activists who filed the lawsuit challenging the ban say a favorable ruling could add momentum to their drive for a state civil union law granting benefits to gay and lesbian couples. A a spokesman for the Defense of Marriage Coalition calls the lawsuit frivolous and predicts the judge will uphold the measure. Oregon was among the first states to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples with more than 3,000 granted last year in Multnomah County. But the Oregon Supreme Court invalidated them, saying the county had no authority to issue them. The judge is expected to rule soon, possibly by the end of the week. KOIN TV, Portland, Oregon, koin.com. For more information, please click here (last visited November 2, 2005, reo).
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