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

Ben West and Paul Rummell AP

Ben West and Paul Rummell AP

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.

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.

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.

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