Oregon will respect LGBT marriages from other states

In 2004 Oregon's constitution was amended to deny marriage equality to LGBT couples. But now, Oregon will give LGBT couples who were married in states that have marriage equality the same rights as other married Oregonians.

“Oregon agencies must recognize all out-of-state marriages for the purposes of administering state programs,” Jordan wrote. “That includes legal, same sex marriages performed in other states and countries.” That means that gay couples who were legally married in other states are entitled to the same benefits in Oregon as any other married couple, said Matt Shelby, spokesman for the Department of Administrative Services. That would apply to everything from medical benefits to taxes to business licenses, he said.

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