Oregon and Washington are joining more than a dozen other states filing briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of gay marriage.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and her counterpart in Washington, Bob Ferguson, announced today that they joined friend-of-the-court briefs in two landmark cases. One urges the justices to strike down California’s Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage. The other challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act. That filing argues that DOMA violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by denying federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married under the laws of their state..
Washington voters approved gay marriage in last fall’s election. State A.G. Bob Ferguson says Washington has a clear interest in supporting marriage equality. He notes that some Washingtonians who are federal employees could be denied benefits under DOMA..