Saturday, November 5, 2005
A judge Friday upheld the gay marriage ban that was adopted by Oregon voters in 2004, sweeping aside arguments by gay rights supporters that the measure is flawed. In his ruling, Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Guimond rejected opponents' arguments that Measure 36 contained too many changes that should have been voted on as separate amendments and that it was improperly submitted to voters. The ruling was the latest setback for gay rights backers in Oregon, where more than 3,000 marriage licenses were granted to same-sex couples in Multnomah County in the spring of 2004 before a judge halted the practice. Source. Brad Cain, Seattle Times, Seattletimes.nwsource.com.