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Geiger v. Kitzhaber

Geiger v. Kitzhaber is a federal court challenge filed October 15, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., on behalf of two couples, a pair of unmarried lesbians and two men already married in Canada, challenging Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A similar case (Rummell and West v. Kitzhaber) was filed in December 2013. On January 22, 2014, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane consolidated the two lawsuits and scheduled oral arguments for April 23, 2014.

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Ore. governor, AG hail marriage ruling; reaction from supporters, opponents

Monday, May 19, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber (D-Ore.)
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Both supporters and opponents of marriage equality spoke out Monday about a federal judge's ruling striking down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. Both the Governor and the Attorney General supported the ruling, and the state previously declined to defend the ban in court. [...]

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Oregon ruling marks 13th consecutive victory for marriage equality

Monday, May 19, 2014
Supporters of same-sex marriage hold photos of themselves and their family members or partners on the steps of the Wayne L Morse U.S. Courthouse Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday about whether a national group can defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage because the state's attorney general has refused to do so.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge threw out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th consecutive legal victory for gay marriage advocates since last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of a federal ban. [...]

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Federal appeals court denies NOM request for stay in Ore. marriage ruling

Monday, May 19, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal appeals court's ruling has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in Oregon if a judge's ruling allows it. [...]

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Ruling expected today in challenge to Oregon same-sex marriage ban

Monday, May 19, 2014
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge was expected to make Oregon the latest state to allow gay marriage after state officials refused to defend its constitutional ban in court, and gay couples were poised to tie the knot right after the ruling. [...]

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Federal judge rejects NOM’s motion to defend Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Organization for Marriage cannot defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage after the state attorney general refused to do so, paving the way for a ruling on the ban that could come at any time. [...]

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Judge to hear arguments on allowing NOM to intervene in Ore. marriage case

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
NOM chairman John Eastman
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday about whether a national group can defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage because the state's attorney general has refused to do so. [...]

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Oregon AG asks court to deny NOM request to intervene in gay marriage case

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Ellen Rosenblum
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has asked a federal judge not to allow the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) to intervene in a case to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Ore. same-sex marriage ban gets day in court, but no one’s there to defend it

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. -- Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Federal judge to hear Oregon same-sex marriage challenge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to defend the measure. [...]

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Judge denies NOM’s request to postpone hearing in Ore. gay marriage challenge

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane
EUGENE, Ore. -- A federal judge in Oregon said Tuesday he would not postpone a long-scheduled hearing challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban to accommodate an eleventh hour request by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in the suit and defend the ban. [...]

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