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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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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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Christian university gets religious exemption to deny transgender student housing

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
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NEWBERG, Ore. — The U.S. Department of Education has granted a Christian university a religious exemption from federal anti-discrimination laws after a transgender student filed a discrimination complaint because the school would not allowing him to live in the men’s dormitories. George Fox University obtained the exemption in its effort to deny the student ...

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to put same-sex marriage on hold in Oregon

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to halt a federal judge's order declaring Oregon's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The court issued an order Wednesday declining to block any new same-sex unions in the state while a federal appeals court considers whether an anti-gay marriage group can intervene in the case.

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Oregon officials urge Supreme Court to deny NOM’s request for stay

LYLE DENNISTON | SCOTUS Blog | Monday, June 2, 2014
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Arguing that there is no way the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage when only a private group is defending such a law, Oregon state officials and a group of same-sex couples urged the Court on Monday not to grant a private association’s request to stop those couples from marrying in that state.

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Kennedy asks for briefs on NOM request to halt same-sex marriage in Oregon

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A U.S. Supreme Court justice is asking for more information before any ruling on an effort by the National Organization for Marriage to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon.

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NOM asks U.S. Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The National Organization for Marriage says it is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a federal judge's order declaring Oregon's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

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With an eye on the right side of history, judges nix same-sex marriage bans

| Saturday, May 24, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah's two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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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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Going to the chapel… Same-sex couples begin tying the knot in Oregon

| Monday, May 19, 2014
Julie Engbloom, left, and Laurie Brown, right, are married by Judge Beth A. Allen at the Melody Ballroom, Monday, May, 19, 2014, in Portland, Ore., after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Jubilant couples rushed to the altar Monday after a federal judge struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.

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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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