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Memo: Oregon to Legally Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

oregon united for marriage logoPost submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

In accordance with a memo sent yesterday by Oregon’s Chief Operating Officer to all state agencies, Oregon will now recognize all out-of-state marriages, including those of same-sex couples.

“Oregon agencies must recognize all out-of-state marriages for the purposes of administering state programs," writes state COO Michael Jordan. "That includes legal, same sex marriages performed in other states and countries.”

Jordan’s decision was made based on a legal opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice.

Similar actions were taken by Maryland, Rhode Island, and D.C. prior to those jurisdictions passing full marriage equality.

HRC is a founding member of the Oregon United for Marriage campaign, and HRC Senior Regional Field Officer Trevor Chandler is on the ground for the duration of the campaign working alongside the team at OUM to secure marriage equality for all Oregonians.

To learn more about the broad coalition of faith organizations, political supporters, equality-minded businesses, and nonprofit supporters fighting to bring marriage equality to Oregon, visit http://www.oregonunitedformarriage.org.

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