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Oregon is the 33rd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Feb. 14, 1859. Its most populous city is Portland, and the state capitol is located in Salem.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2004. The constitutional ban is currently being challenged in federal court. The cases are Geiger v. Kitzhaber and Rummell and West v. Kitzhaber.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Marriage News Watch: Supreme Court to consider cases, Ninth Circuit recap

Monday, September 15, 2014
Gay rights advocates Stuart Gaffney, at left, and John Lewis, with the group Marriage Equality USA, wait to enter a hearing on the issue of gay marriage outside of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, in San Francisco. For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The number of marriage cases before the Supreme Court keeps climbing, with the Court scheduled to decide which ones to take in just a few weeks. Plus, couples file new briefs in Texas, and appeal last week's anti-gay ruling from a federal judge in Louisiana. These stories and more in this week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the ...

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NOM asks full Ninth Circuit to allow it to appeal Ore. same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, September 11, 2014
NOM chairman John Eastman
The National Organization for Marriage has asked the full Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to allow it to appeal a federal court ruling that struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. The request comes two weeks after a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court rejected NOM's attempt to appeal the May 19 ruling...

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GOP U.S. Senate candidate trumpets endorsement from gay marriage plaintiffs

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Ben West and Paul Rummell
SALEM, Ore. -- Two of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit that led to Oregon allowing same-sex marriage are throwing their support behind Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby. Wehby's campaign trumpeted the endorsement from Ben West and Paul Rummell on Tuesday. Her campaign released a television ad featuring West, who says...

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Oregon woman says she’s being targeted because she’s gay

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Melanie-Powell
RAINIER, Ore. -- A woman in Rainier, Ore., says she is being targeted by vandals and a new property manager because of her sexual orientation. Melanie Powell said she has been living at the same mobile home park for 25 years without any issues, but in the last few months, she says the new property manager has been out to get her, issuing her notice after notice.

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Marriage News Watch: 7th Circuit recap, NOM not giving up in Oregon

Monday, September 1, 2014
The child of a same sex couple sits next to a protest sign during the court hearing on same-sex marriage in Miami on July 2, 2014.
Anti-gay attorneys took a beating before the Seventh Circuit last week, trying and failing to defend marriage bans before a panel of hostile judges. Now all eyes are on the Supreme Court to see which cases they'll take up in their fall session. There's another major marriage argument coming up in a few days. And the National Organization for Marriage still isn't ...

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Court: NOM lacks standing to appeal Oregon same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal appeals court has dismissed the National Organization for Marriage's effort to appeal an Oregon court ruling that allows same sex marriage. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision on Wednesday. Several same-sex couples sued the state of Oregon last year arguing the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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Attorneys in Ore. same-sex marriage case awarded legal fees

Friday, August 22, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A federal judge has approved more than $133,000 in legal fees to one group of lawyers in Oregon's gay marriage case. The money goes to three Portland lawyers who filed the first lawsuit challenging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Oregon Medicaid to extend coverage to gender dysphoria treatments

Friday, August 15, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's Medicaid program will soon pay for gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other treatments for transgender patients, becoming on Thursday the third state besides the District of Columbia to extend coverage to gender dysphoria treatments.

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Ore. couple sues cab company, driver for being ditched on interstate

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A lesbian couple who were left on the side of a freeway last summer by taxi cab driver who disliked the couple’s display of affection, has filed a lawsuit against the driver and his former employer. In a suit filed last week, Kate Neal and Shanako Devoll say cab driver Ahmed Egal intentionally caused them emotional distress and held ...

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Immigrant rights group loses Catholic funds over gay marriage affiliation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Catholic organization has decided to cut off long-standing funding to a Portland, Oregon, immigrant rights group over its affiliation with an organization that supports same-sex marriage. Voz Workers' Rights Education lost a $75,000 grant in June from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The group is the anti-poverty program of ...

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