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: “I know she’ll fight for every Oregon family, including mine.”
Wehby’s campaign says the ad refutes Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley’s efforts to portray Wehby as a conservative Republican out of step with Oregon voters.
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The ad does not specifically mention gay marriage but shows photos of the West and Rummell’s wedding.
The Democratic Party of Oregon released a statement from six other plaintiffs in the case backing Merkley, saying he’s been a longtime champion of gay rights.
Wehby is battling incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D). She trails in the polls by 13 points.