Alaska Same-Sex Marriage Ban Challenged

Anchorage, AK (CNN) — Five couples in Alaska have filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The Anchorage Daily News reports that the suit claims the ban violates the couples’ due process and equal protection under the 14th amendment. In 1998, voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man … Continue reading »

Arkansas Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. (CNN) — Crowds formed early Monday morning outside of the Arkansas courthouse as eager couples lined up to get married. Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage was overturned Friday. A state judge declared the voter-approved measure unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were cleared to get married immediately. Some waited in long lines for marriage licenses … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Case Draws Reaction

EUGENE, Ore. — People on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue are closely watching what happens in Eugene. Those supporting same-sex marriage say the current ban creates inequalities, and they hope the state can come together and unite behind same-sex couples. But members of a national organization says they’re countering this suit because they … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Case Heard in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — The national issue of same-sex marriage is taking center stage in Oregon. On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Michael McShane heard oral arguments from attorneys. The courtroom was packed with people eagerly sitting in to listen to each attorneys’ arguments. The case, which was filed last year, is gaining national attention because it could … Continue reading »

Federal Judge to Hear Gay Marriage Case

EUGENE, Ore. — A 10-year-old law heads to a federal courtroom on Wednesday. A judge in Eugene will hear one-sided arguments on Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. Four gay and lesbian couples filed suit, asking a judge to declare the ban unconstitutional and allow same-sex couples to wed. Judge Michael McShane will only hear arguments … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Rally

EUGENE, Ore. — On the eve of oral arguments in a major trial in U.S. District Court, supporters of same-sex marriage organized a rally on the steps of the Wayne Morse Courthouse in Eugene Tuesday night. Close to 100 people showed up for the rally, which was one of seven across the state in anticipation … Continue reading »

Group Challenges Oregon Equality Act

EUGENE, Ore. — The veto of Arizona’s religious bill is just one of several controversial debates across the nation, and one group is working on similar legislation in Oregon. The Oregon Equality Act, which passed seven years ago, makes it illegal for a business to discriminate based on sexual orientation. But another group is working … Continue reading »

Tax Refunds for Some Same-Sex Couples

(CNN) — Same-sex married couples who paid extra taxes because their marriage wasn’t recognized could get some of that money back. Before this summer’s Supreme Court ruling, the Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage as a between a man and a woman. That meant same-sex spouses had to file individually. Now they can file amended … Continue reading »

Reactions to Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

EUGENE, Ore. — Same-sex marriage activists are thrilled with the Supreme Court’s two major decisions Wednesday. They say it’s a step in the right direction, but same-sex couples in Oregon are still waiting for equal rights. For some same-sex couples in Eugene, they’ve been waiting for 14 years to get married and will continue that … Continue reading »

Marriage Equality Rallies Nationwide

  EUGENE, Ore — Hundreds of people gathered at the old Eugene Federal Building Tuesday evening to support marriage equality, and to make their stance known to the supreme court as they look over proposition eight and DOMA this week.Groups are rallying for the ‘Freedom to Marry’ in Eugene, across the country, and online. They started … Continue reading »

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