Monday, September 26, 2005

Oregon Marriage Dispute Back in Court

(Link) Don't tear up that license yet. Gay rights say Oregon's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and are going to court to overturn it.

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LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. - Gay rights’ activists say an amendment voters added to the state constitution last year banning gay marriages—is unconstitutional.

They will go before a judge in Salem today.

The first gay couple to exchange vows in Oregon were Mary Li and Rebecca Kennedy in downtown Portland in March of 2003.

Oregon was among the first states where marriage licenses were issued for same-sex couples last year. Portland issued about three-thousand licenses before a court put a temporary halt to the marriages.

Voters passed the amendment to the state constitution as a lawsuit over the marriages was moving through the courts.

Proponents of the amendment say voters made their choice—and it’s a legal document.