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Oregon AG Won't Defend Law Barring Same-Sex Marriage

OPB | Feb. 20, 2014 12:20 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 20, 2014 3:17 p.m.

Ellen Rosenblum

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


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