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Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Case Is Back In Court Today


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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Update Wednesday 10:30am: The judge denied NOM’s motion to intervene in the case. The organization may appeal that decision.

Judge Michael McShane will hear arguments today from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on the organization’s request to defend Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.

Four same-sex couples sued the state to reverse the 2004 change to the Oregon constitution that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. NOM made a last-minute decision to request to intervene in the case after Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum declined to defend the ban.

OPB reporter Chris Lehman will give us an update on today’s hearing and what it means for the case moving forward.

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