Ore. AG ready to OK gay marriage if ban falls

Ore. AG ready to OK gay marriage if ban falls

Ore. AG ready to OK gay marriage if ban falls

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by Associated Press and Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 1:38 PM

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PORTLAND -- Oregon's attorney general has told a federal court why she believes the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of homosexual couples.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum added that Oregon is "prepared to implement" gay marriages if a federal judge strikes down that ban.

Rosenblum announced last month that she would not defend the state's same-sex marriage ban in court.

Background: Oregon AG won't defend gay-marriage ban

Two lawsuits alleging Oregon's 2004 ban violates the U.S. Constitution have been consolidated. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane has scheduled April 23 oral arguments in the case.

Rosenblum said in a brief filed Tuesday there is no rational justification for maintaining the gay marriage ban, "which blocks those unions from not only the many federal benefits, but also the full societal recognition and support of marriage."

"Not only does the same-sex marriage ban fail to further the state’s interest in promoting stable families, it actually harms children," she added.

She also said federal constitutional protections for same-sex couples have become clear in the 10 years since Oregon voters approved the ban.

More: Multnomah County supports end to same-sex marriage ban

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