Federal Appeals Judge Rules Oregon's Marriage Equality Ban Unconstitutional

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April 26, 2013

A U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge on Wednesday ruled that Oregon's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. Voters in 2004 approved ballot Measure 36, which amended the Oregon Constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual union. The push for an amendment was in response to roughly 3,000 gay couples being allowed to marry in Multnomah County, which includes Portland. Officials argued that no law existed preventing such unions. “Under rational basis review, Measure 36 does not pass constitutional muster,” Judge Harry Pregerson wrote in his ruling. “Here, Oregon does not state any reason for preventing same-sex couples from marrying.”