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Oregon Attorney General Won’t Defend State’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Post submitted by Annie Kehler, HRC Communications Intern

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that she will not defend the state’s ban of marriage between dedicated same-sex couples.

The ban "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review," Attorney General Rosenblum stated in a court filing.

Two same-sex couples filed suit against the ban in October of 2013. Shortly after the suit was filed, Rosenblum signed onto a brief in support of couples fighting for marriage equality, stating that she believed that banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Rosenblum’s announcement joins Oregon with Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, and Nevada, all states with Attorneys General who also have refused to defend their state’s bans.

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