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Judge to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

5-18 same-sex marriageEUGENE, 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.

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  1. D Clark says:

    “Ten years of police change that has happened in this state that’s advanced us towards fairness.” What the heck does that have to do with the subject besides trying to make it sound like a civil rights issue when it isn’t? And would it hurt to be accurate in the statement? There is no “Ban” on gay marriage. There is a ban on polygamy, there is a ban on family members marrying. There is a definition of marriage, one man, one woman. If they want the existing civil union, fine. Should laws be modified so they can have survivors rights or legal decisions for medical care? Why not? Don’t call it marriage.

    1. Justin says:

      So D Clark prefers the separate but equal approach.

      I think you are confusing Matrimony with Marriage. Matrimony is a union by the authority of God. Marriage happens by authority of the State. It is a legal arrangement and God has nothing to do with it.

  2. RANDY says:

    1 MAN 1 WOMAN.. WHAT PART OF THAT DON’T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND !!!!

  3. Robert says:

    This isn’t a civil rights issue, its a moral issue. The bible clearly states those who practice these things are already condemned. And also anyone who supports the same…

    The bible is in large part, where we got our laws moral and otherwise. To think that men laying with men and women laying with women is a right is mis-guided at best!

    You practice what ever you want to in the privacy of your own bedroom but don’t cram it down my throat or in public where my child can see it. It’s disgusting!

    1. Andy A. says:

      “This isn’t a civil rights issue, its a moral issue. The bible clearly states those who practice these things are already condemned. And also anyone who supports the same…”

      But since I’m not a Christian, I don’t give a wet slap about what you think God thinks about this issue, and I’m not bound to adhere to the same set of rules you choose to adhere to.

      “The bible is in large part, where we got our laws moral and otherwise.”

      You’re a liar.

      1st Commandment (Exodus version):
      “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath,
      or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them;
      for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers
      upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,
      but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain;
      for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

      1st Amendment (1791 edition):
      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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