Federal judge to issue same-sex ruling Monday

A news conference was held outside federal court in Eugene after US District Judge Michael McShane ruled a national group fighting to preserve traditional marriage in Oregon will not be allowed to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban, May 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
A news conference was held outside federal court in Eugene after US District Judge Michael McShane ruled a national group fighting to preserve traditional marriage in Oregon will not be allowed to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban, May 14, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge says he’ll issue a decision next week on a constitutional challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane has notified attorneys that he’ll publish his decision at noon Monday.

Four gay and lesbian couples brought suit arguing Oregon’s marriage laws unconstitutionally discriminate against same-sex couples. Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says the ban is legally indefensible and refused to offer arguments supporting it.

State officials have said same-sex marriages could begin almost immediately after a decision.

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Judge McShane heard the National Organization for Marriage’s argument for about 45 minutes at the federal courthouse in Eugene on Wednesday.

After a five-minute recess, he ruled NOM will not be allowed to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

“We don’t know which way the judge will rule, but we are hopeful that Oregon is on the verge of making history-and that by next week, all of Oregon’s loving, committed couples will be able to wed in our state,” Amy Ruiz, deputy campaign manager for Oregon United for Marriage, said in a statement.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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