Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said this week she won’t defend the provision in the state constitution that bars same-sex marriage.
“There is no rational basis for Oregon to refuse to honor the commitments made by same-sex couples in the same way it honors the commitments of opposite-sex couples,” she said.
With the announcement, Rosenblum follows the lead of states like Pennsylvania, Virginia and Nevada when it comes to gay marriage.
Meanwhile, the plan to chart out the future growth of Portland took a hit from the Oregon Court of Appeals, throwing into question land-use decisions across the state.
And the teachers and school board in Portland reached agreement to avert a teachers’ strike just hours before one would have started.
On Friday mornings, we talk politics with Bill and Jeff. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian. They joined us Friday.