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.