In light of the Oregon attorney general’s decision to not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, Oregon is now revising its marriage licenses to include forms for same-sex couples.
Previously, when people applied for a marriage license, they were asked either to identify as a “bride” or “groom.” Now, the new form designates as “Party A” and “Party B.” Applicants can also choose to be identified as “bride,” “groom” or “spouse.”
Another change to marriage licenses: eliminating the term “maiden name.” Instead, applicants will be asked to provide their “name at birth.”
Most of Oregon’s counties use an electronic version of the marriage form. Clerks are in the process of working with a software vendor to update the online forms.
Two lawsuits alleging Oregon’s 2004 ban violates the U.S. Constitution have been consolidated, and U.S. District Judge Michael McShane has scheduled April 23 oral arguments in the case.
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