Following the lead of California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia and Nevada, Oregon’s Attorney General has announced the state will not defend its law barring same-sex marriage. Ellen Rosenblum was responding to two lawsuits that were filed last year against the state saying the law violates the rights of same-sex couples.
It is becoming a trend among democratic attorneys generals to decide not to defend the law in states where same-sex marriage is illegal. Rosenblum did say that Oregon will “continue to enforce the Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage,” until courts rule otherwise.
What is your reaction to Rosenblum’s decision?
- Jim Oleske: Assistant professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School