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Marriage Equality Comes to Oregon!

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Via Oregon United Twitter: "After defeating #OR's marriage ban in court, plaintiff couple Paul & Ben are now legally married!"

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While we were gone, marriage equality came to Oregon!

The Oregonian:

Jubilant couples who anticipated a favorable decision from the judge began the rush to officially wed at locations around the state. McShane ordered that his ruling take immediate effect.

"Because Oregon's marriage laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest," McShane wrote in his decision, "the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution."

Deanna Geiger and Janine Nelson, two of the plaintiffs in the case, were the first couple to marry in Multnomah County following the ruling.

Oregon becomes the seventh state where a federal judge has struck down a gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme Court last year invalidated key sections of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Read the ruling and watch KOIN's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

6:13-cv-01834 Decision

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  1. The best part is that kid's face! Aren't parent so embarrassing : ) Congrats to the happy couples!!!

    Posted by: cdubois | May 19, 2014 10:33:04 PM


  2. The best part is that kid's face! Aren't parent so embarrassing : ) Congrats to the happy couples!!!

    Posted by: cdubois | May 19, 2014 10:33:06 PM


  3. The best part is that kid's face! Aren't parent so embarrassing : ) Congrats to the happy couples!!!

    Posted by: cdubois | May 19, 2014 10:33:07 PM


  4. A very happy day today here in Portlandia and all of Oregon.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | May 19, 2014 10:54:24 PM


  5. that picture ain't helping the cause

    Posted by: jaker | May 19, 2014 11:04:45 PM


  6. that picture ain't helping the cause

    Posted by: jaker | May 19, 2014 11:04:51 PM


  7. Yeah! Two white guys and a black kid.

    Posted by: Josh | May 19, 2014 11:26:46 PM


  8. Yeah! Two white guys and a black kid.

    Posted by: Josh | May 19, 2014 11:27:14 PM


  9. Yeah! Two white guys and a black kid.

    Posted by: Josh | May 19, 2014 11:27:43 PM


  10. The Oregon Catholic Conference issued a statement saying "authentic marriage remains what it has always and only been according to God's design...."
    Coming from some celibate priests. Kind of funny.

    Posted by: simon | May 19, 2014 11:41:18 PM


  11. The Oregon Catholic Conference issued a statement saying "authentic marriage remains what it has always and only been according to God's design...."
    Coming from some celibate priests. Kind of funny.

    Posted by: simon | May 19, 2014 11:42:48 PM


  12. The outcome of the decision was generally correct, of course, but I did not think the judge's overly personal musings were appropriate for a legal decision. Set out the facts, interpret the law, state your conclusion(s).

    Also, I can't stand the sappy melodrama of a wedding, all that gazing into someone's eyes and droning some saccharine script in a monotone. Mine will be a very business-like sign-on-the-dotted-line-then-let's-have-cake.

    Posted by: Robotron | May 19, 2014 11:49:40 PM


  13. eh I'm always apprehensive when I see minority children being raised by white parents. I'm always worried they are going to have problems down the road when it comes to properly educating their children about racism, especially considering so many people are ignorant of what it actually is.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 19, 2014 11:54:40 PM


  14. eh I'm always apprehensive when I see minority children being raised by white parents. I'm always worried they are going to have problems down the road when it comes to properly educating their children about racism, especially considering so many people are ignorant of what it actually is.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 19, 2014 11:54:55 PM


  15. eh I'm always apprehensive when I see minority children being raised by white parents. I'm always worried they are going to have problems down the road when it comes to properly educating their children about racism, especially considering so many people are ignorant of what it actually is.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 19, 2014 11:54:59 PM


  16. eh I'm always apprehensive when I see minority children being raised by white parents. I'm always worried they are going to have problems down the road when it comes to properly educating their children about racism, especially considering so many people are ignorant of what it actually is.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 19, 2014 11:55:00 PM


  17. eh I'm always apprehensive when I see minority children being raised by white parents. I'm always worried they are going to have problems down the road when it comes to properly educating their children about racism, especially considering so many people are ignorant of what it actually is.

    Posted by: Derrick | May 19, 2014 11:55:00 PM


  18. NOM's appeal to stay the ruling was immediately rejected by the appeal court. Now they are appealing the decision which rejected their intervention. These people seem to be living in an alternative universe. Kind of pathetic.

    Posted by: simon | May 20, 2014 12:12:48 AM


  19. NOM's appeal to stay the ruling was immediately rejected by the appeal court. Now they are appealing the decision which rejected their intervention. These people seem to be living in an alternative universe. Kind of pathetic.

    Posted by: simon | May 20, 2014 12:13:05 AM


  20. NOM's appeal to stay the ruling was immediately rejected by the appeal court. Now they are appealing the decision which rejected their intervention. These people seem to be living in an alternative universe. Kind of pathetic.

    Posted by: simon | May 20, 2014 12:14:38 AM


  21. Yeah, the judge did wax poetic in several parts of the Opinion. A bit unorthodox and perhaps not appropriate on the level of this single ruling.

    But as part of a trend, I like it. Feels to me as if these judges are just trying to distinguish themselves in an obvious flood of similar opinions that have come before and are yet to come ... and knowing the significant place these rulings will have in the history of American Civil Rights, want to say something stirring to the nation and to posterity.

    Posted by: Zlick | May 20, 2014 12:17:54 AM


  22. Yeah, the judge did wax poetic in several parts of the Opinion. A bit unorthodox and perhaps not appropriate on the level of this single ruling.

    But as part of a trend, I like it. Feels to me as if these judges are just trying to distinguish themselves in an obvious flood of similar opinions that have come before and are yet to come ... and knowing the significant place these rulings will have in the history of American Civil Rights, want to say something stirring to the nation and to posterity.

    Posted by: Zlick | May 20, 2014 12:18:01 AM


  23. Yeah, the judge did wax poetic in several parts of the Opinion. A bit unorthodox and perhaps not appropriate on the level of this single ruling.

    But as part of a trend, I like it. Feels to me as if these judges are just trying to distinguish themselves in an obvious flood of similar opinions that have come before and are yet to come ... and knowing the significant place these rulings will have in the history of American Civil Rights, want to say something stirring to the nation and to posterity.

    Posted by: Zlick | May 20, 2014 12:18:13 AM


  24. eah, the judge did wax poetic in several parts of the Opinion. A bit unorthodox and perhaps not appropriate on the level of this single ruling.

    But as part of a trend, I like it. Feels to me as if these judges are just trying to distinguish themselves in an obvious flood of similar opinions that have come before and are yet to come ... and knowing the significant place these rulings will have in the history of American Civil Rights, want to say something stirring to the nation and to posterity.

    Posted by: Zlick | May 20, 2014 12:21:01 AM


  25. A time for celebration, but we still get assholes commenting here.

    Posted by: Bollox | May 20, 2014 1:54:10 AM


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