Federal judges strikes Oregon’s marriage ban

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Declaring it unconstitutional, a federal judge has struck down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban – paving the way for LGBT couples to marry today.

Brought by four couples, the plaintiffs argued that the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage deprived them of a fundamental right.

After state officials in Oregon refused to defend the ban in February, National Organization of Marriage (NOM) tried to step up on behalf of its Oregon members. Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane denied NOM the standing to defend the case. Before McShane's ruling today, the Ninth U.S. District Court of Appeals denied NOM's motion appealing that ruling.

Without a stay, McShane's ruling goes into effect immediately.