Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Gay Thing: Oregon Makes State #18 for Marriage Equality (Plus DC)

When I started "The Gay Thing," as a story heading, I didn't intend for it to appear on the blog so frequently. Though it's obviously an interest, and has always been a part of the blog, it's not supposed to be the focus. But with the marriage equality movement racking up success after success (something like 17 straight victories since Windsor), there's no way around it!

Image from source, LA Times
The state of Oregon is not fighting the marriage equality decision. The National Organization for Marriage, the hate group whose only mission is to stop gays from marrying, tried to inject themselves into Oregon's politics, but were smacked down. So, we can be fairly confident that Oregon will remain the 18th marriage equality state (in addition to Washington DC). States like Utah, where equality was in effect and then was stayed, and those like Ohio where the stay prevented any marriages, could start to flood in, pushing the tally over 20 and beyond in short order. Not short enough for me, but I'll take it!


Same-sex couples marry in Oregon as judge strikes down state ban

For Portland attorney Julie Engbloom, "the biggest stress of the last 48 hours" wasn't waiting for U.S. District Judge Michael McShane to decide whether to overturn Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. It wasn't whether she had popped the question to the right woman — Laurie Brown has been her partner for 10 years. . .

Read more at: Los Angeles Times

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