Saturday, March 13, 2004

Oregon AG Opinion - Marriage Ban Unconstitutional 

Oregon's Attorney General, Hardy Myers, has issued his official opinion that although Oregon statutes define marriage as being between one man and one woman, the Oregon Supreme Court would likely find that definition unconstitutional. If you don't feel like wading through the 11-page opinion, here is a summary article from Yahoo! News.

He did state that the current statutes bar issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples, the State of Oregon has stated that it will not attempt to prohibit Multnomah County from continuing to issue the licenses. The County has posted an Advisory on their website that the marriage license will be close to all couples until Monday at noon, so they can decide how to move forward based on the AG's opinion. They will be announcing their decision at noon Monday.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 11:44 AM