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Judge Hears Oral Arguments In Marriage Case


Plaintiffs Bend West and Paul Rummell are one of four couples suing Oregon in an effort to overturn a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Plaintiffs Bend West and Paul Rummell are one of four couples suing Oregon in an effort to overturn a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

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Judge Michael McShane heard arguments Wednesday from lawyers for four couples seeking to overturn Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. American Civil Liberties Union cooperating attorney Misha Isaak said in her opening argument,

“The avowed purpose and practical effect of the law are to impose a disadvantage, a separate status, and so a stigma upon same-sex couples.”

Judge McShane will not make a ruling in the case until after a May 14 hearing. He will decide after that hearing whether the National Organization for Marriage will be granted standing to intervene in the case, to defend the law.

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