Judge to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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 … Continue reading »

Judge Denies Request to Defend Ban

EUGENE, Ore. — The national group wanting Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage to stand was dealt a blow Wednesday by a federal judge in Eugene. That judge denied a request to let the group intervene in a lawsuit against the ban. The courtroom inside the federal courthouse was filled as Judge Michael McShane handed down … Continue reading »

Judge Denies Request to Defend Ban

EUGENE, Ore. — A federal judge denied the National Organization for Marriage’s request to intervene in a same-sex marriage case Wednesday morning. The judge will not let the group defend Oregon’s ban against same-sex marriage in a court setting. Judge Michael McShane heard arguments from the National Organization for Marriage at the federal courthouse in … Continue reading »

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 »

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