Rummell and West v. Kitzhaber

Rummell and West v. Kitzhaber is a federal court challenge filed December 19, 2013, in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., by the ACLU on behalf of the Basic Rights Education Fund and two same-sex couples who wish to marry in Oregon, challenging the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. A similar case (Geiger v. Kitzhaber) was filed in October 2013. On January 22, 2014, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane consolidated the two lawsuits and scheduled oral arguments for April 23, 2014. [ Case files. ]

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Oregon

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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Oregon

Federal judge to hear Oregon same-sex marriage challenge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane

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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
NOM chairman John Eastman

NOM seeks to defend Ore. gay marriage ban, questions gay judge’s impartiality

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The National Organization for Marriage said Monday it plans to file a motion to intervene and defend Oregon's gay marriage ban from challenges in federal court. [ Read more → ]
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Federal court to hear challenge to Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban

Sunday, April 20, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- The future of Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage goes before a federal judge this week, and while critics will argue that it unconstitutionally discriminates against gays and lesbians, there appears to be little support for it to be upheld. [ Read more → ]
Oregon

Oregon ballot sponsors seek quick answer on same-sex marriage lawsuit

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Sponsors of a ballot measure to legalize gay marriage in Oregon asked a federal judge on Tuesday to make a speedy ruling in a case that challenges the state's ban on same-sex weddings. At the same time, top Oregon employers such as Nike and Intel threw their support to ending the restrictions. [ Read more → ]
Attorney General  Ellen Rosenblum (D-Ore.)

Oregon AG: ‘No rational justification’ for maintaining same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, March 20, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s attorney general has told a federal court that she believes the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of gay and lesbian couples [ Read more → ]
Ellen Rosenblum

Oregon AG says she will not defend state’s gay marriage ban in court

Thursday, February 20, 2014
SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Thursday that she will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review." [ Read more → ]
Oregon

Judge consolidates lawsuits seeking to overturn Ore. gay marriage ban

Thursday, January 23, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage might be overturned before voters receive their ballots this fall. A federal judge in Eugene on Wednesday decided to consolidate two lawsuits alleging Oregon's ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Michael McShane, an Obama appointee, set oral... [ Read more → ]
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