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Same Sex Marriages Now Have Greater Protection In Oregon


Mary Schutten kisses her wife on the cheek in downtown Portland after the Supreme Court legalized LGBT marriage across the country. She said that when she first heard the decision, she was ecstatic to the point that she ran around the block several times in celebration.

Mary Schutten kisses her wife on the cheek in downtown Portland after the Supreme Court legalized LGBT marriage across the country. She said that when she first heard the decision, she was ecstatic to the point that she ran around the block several times in celebration.

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Oregon legislators on Thursday quietly approved legislation codifying legal rulings that allow same-sex couples to marry.

House Bill 4127 strips out language in state law defining marriage as between a husband and wife and instead says it is simply between two individuals.
 
A federal judge in 2014 struck down the Oregon constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage. More than 3,400 gay and lesbian couples have officially tied the knot since then.
 
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples throughout the country have a constitutional right to marry.
 
The Senate sent the bill to Gov. Kate Brown on an 18-11 vote Thursday, although no one spoke against it on the floor. The House had earlier approved the measure on a 43-13 vote.

All of the opposition came from Republicans.

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