Oregon Judge Rejects Same-Sex Ban, Weddings to Start Immediately
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled against Measure 36, Oregon's ban on marriage equality, making licenses available immediately for gay couples. McShane used the fourteenth amendment in his defense, saying granting the marriages would not negatively affect state interests. Oregon requires a three day wait after a license has been granted before ceremonies can take place, though many counties are waving the waiting period. The decision follows both cases, Geiger v Kitzhaber and Rummell v. Kitzhaber, which were filed in late 2013 with the District Court.
By Jordan Moses
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