Oregon Atty. Gen. Won't Defend Marriage Ban
BY Trudy Ring
February 20 2014 7:39 PM ET
Oregon’s attorney general will not defend the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, currently being challenged in court, she announced today.
In a brief filed in U.S. District Court today, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum wrote, “State Defendants will not defend the Oregon ban on same-sex marriage in this litigation. Rather, they will take the position in their summary judgment briefing that the ban cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review. In the meantime, as the State Defendants are legally obligated to enforce the Oregon Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage, they will continue to do so unless and until this Court grants the relief sought by the plaintiffs.”
Four same-sex couples have sued for the right to marry in Oregon, two represented by the American Civil Liberties Union’s Oregon affiliate and two by private attorneys. The state’s voters approved the ban in 2004.
“While court cases can take unexpected turns, today’s announcement by Attorney General Rosenblum is extremely important for everyone who supports the civil rights and civil liberties of all Oregonians,” David Fidanque, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon, said in a press release today.
“I am more confident than ever that same-sex couples will have the freedom to marry before the year is out,” added Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon, the state’s LGBT rights group.
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the case in Eugene April 23. Attorneys in the case say he could issue a ruling in the late spring or early summer, The Oregonian newspaper notes.
Meanwhile, supporters of marriage equality are also attempting to repeal the ban via popular vote. They are nearly finished gathering signatures in their effort to place a repeal measure on the ballot, according to The Oregonian.
- WATCH: One Gay Man's Touching Plea for Equality in Utah
- Timothy Dolan Uncomfortable as Pope Calls for Study of Civil Unions
- South Carolina Legislators Vote to Cut University Funding for Assigning LGBT Books
- Low-Income Apartment Complex for LGBT Seniors Opens in Philadelphia
- Op-ed: A Second Look at Bisexuality
- Google's International Women's Day Doodle Includes Trans Women
- Politics South Carolina Legislators Vote to Cut University Funding for Assigning LGBT Books 2 hours 38 min ago
- Politics WATCH: One Gay Man's Touching Plea for Equality in Utah 3:09 PM
- Religion Uncomfortable: Timothy Dolan Versus Pope on Civil Unions 3:04 PM
- Politics WATCH: Low-Income Apartments for LGBT Seniors Open 1:49 PM
- Comedy Johnny and Tara at 30 Rock, Can't Stop With Play-By-Play 1:00 PM
- Comedy 8 Movies Made Better With 'Let It Go' 11:50 AM
- Film Gay-Helmed Sci-Fi Film Space Station 76 Debuts at SXSW March 08 2014 8:15 PM