EUGENE, Ore. — Same-sex couples in Oregon could get married as early as Monday. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane will issue his ruling on the constitutionality of Oregon’s ban on same sex marriage at noon in Eugene Monday.
Same-sex couples and their families will be gathering at the Davis Restaurant in downtown Eugene Monday afternoon to celebrate what they think will be a positive ruling. This week McShane struck down the National Organization for Marriage’s request to intervene in the case, but the group says they’ll file an appeal. The group has filed an emergency motion for stay pending appeal.
Basic Rights Oregon said legalizing same-sex marriage seems to be the next step for equality in Oregon. “Ten years of police change that has happened in this state that’s advanced us towards fairness. It’s advanced us towards equality and this is a really important and critical next step in that,” said Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director Basic Rights Oregon.
Same sex couples who filed the lawsuit said they’ll be getting their marriage licenses Monday in Multnomah County if it’ll issue the licenses.
KEZI 9 News reached out to Lane County officials to see when they would start handing out marriage licenses if the ban is struck down, but a spokesperson for the county said she’s not sure when it would begin issuing those licenses.