same-sex marriage

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In Lane County

May 19, 2014
Jes Burns

Same-sex couples in Lane County took advantage of a federal ruling Monday legalizing gay marriage in the state.

KLCC’s Jes Burns reports from the county building in downtown Eugene, where Dozens of same-sex couples lined up to apply for marriage licenses.  

Supporters handed out bouquets of flowers to the excited couples, many of whom left work early to go to the County Clerk’s Office.

“It’s lunch hour.”

Pam Irwin and Barb Bellows have been together for 11 years. Bellows was anxiously watching for the ruling.

Chris Lehman

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry in Oregon. A federal judge Monday overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane's ruling clears the way for weddings to begin immediately. Same-sex couples lined up this morning outside the Multnomah County marriage license office anticipating a ruling in their favor. Gay rights advocates say couples plan to get married throughout the afternoon and evening in Portland and Eugene.

KLCC's Angela Kellner speaks with Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman about the oral arguments heard in a federal courtroom in Eugene Wednesday. The plaintiffs are urging Judge Michael McShane to overturn the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage ban.

Karen Richards

Late Tuesday afternoon, gay rights supporters in seven cities around Oregon gathered for a vigil ahead of a landmark court case.  A federal judge in Eugene will hear oral arguments Wednesday afternoon challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Eugene resident Clark Compton has been volunteering with the pro-same-sex marriage group Oregon United for Marriage for the past year.  

Karen Richards

Wednesday's federal hearing on Oregon's same-sex marriage ban will go ahead as scheduled, after a Eugene judge today denied a motion to postpone by opponents.  

The Oregon Attorney General announced back in February that the state would not defend the voter-approved Constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.  The state said the ban would not stand up to a federal equal rights challenge. 

Voters across Oregon have until 8pm Tuesday evening to turn in their ballots.  Overall, it's been a rather uneventful general election, with mostly small communities voting on local measures.  

But next year, things are sure to be different.  Not only will Congressional seats be up for grabs, several high-stakes issues are making their way to the ballot.