Oregonians Dawn Jones and Caroline Redstone have been together for five years, and in a few months, Redstone is due to give birth to their baby. Though they longed for it, their marriage was an impossible dream until Monday, when a U. After the announcement was, same-sex wedding bells did ring—and quickly. Gay marriage advocacy group Oregon United for Marriage helped set up a streamlined system for eager couples to have a wedding with all the trimmings. A few blocks from the courthouse, inside the Melody Ballroom, there were calligraphers, photographers, officiants, and everything else couples might need to get married. In the opinion federal Judge Michael McShane issued yesterday, he seemed to agree.
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Oregon ends same-sex marriage ban
The U. Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday allowing gay and lesbian couples to continue marrying in the Beaver State, which became the 18th to allow such unions last month. Shortly thereafter, a different federal judge cleared the way for same-sex nuptials in Pennsylvania , bringing the total number of states with marriage equality to 19, plus the District of Columbia. The group then requested an emergency stay of U. Prop 8 attorney Ted Boutrous talks about the status of gay marriage nationwide with Alex Wagner. In a last-ditch effort to halt same-sex nuptials from taking place while the Ninth Circuit considered its appeal, the group filed a request with Justice Anthony Kennedy, who referred the motion to the full court.
Despite law, Portland area to continue same-sex 'marriages'
A federal judge overturned Oregon's ban on gay marriage Monday, and jubilant couples began exchanging vows within the hour. District Judge Michael McShane, in a historic decision issued at noon, declared the ban unconstitutional and ordered it lifted immediately. The room erupted in cheers and tears of joy. Ben West and Paul Rummell, plaintiffs in the case, shared a kiss.
As Portlander Thalia Zepatos watched the Supreme Court justices wrestle with gay marriage Tuesday, she was particularly struck by the arguments of the opponents' attorney. John Bursch, representing the four states fighting to maintain their ban on same-sex marriage, repeatedly argued that the issue wasn't about allowing gay and lesbian couples to express their love and commitment through marriage — it was about keeping kids and their biological parents together. Zepatos helped develop this approach in the wake of ballot defeats in Oregon in and California in Freedom to Marry and other gay-rights groups had once focused on arguing that gays should have the same right to marry as anyone else. What turned out to be more powerful, she said, was to focus on individual stories of gay couples and how they wanted to get married for the same reasons as straight couples, such as to express their love and commitment and to provide a stable home for their family.