Downtown Portland was host to a rally Tuesday evening in support of gay marriage.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., briefly remarked, “Every adult — every single adult — ought to be able to marry that person they love. It is time.” He added: “If you don’t share our view, if you don’t approve of gay marriage: Don’t get one.”
Wyden was one of a few speakers at Tuesday’s rally, which drew a crowd of excited patrons, expressed optimism that McShane will counter the U.S. Constitution with his ruling on Oregon’s law.
Eugene – The National Organization for Marriage will file a motion seeking to block the same-sex marriage case now in federal court.
Group Chair, John Eastman said in a statement that it was “wrong that a challenge to Oregon’s marriage law would proceed in federal court with no meaningful defense of the constitutional amendment adopted overwhelmingly by voters.”
2004 constitutional measure approved by voters that limits marriage in Oregon to one man and one woman remains, as of yet, undefended by anyone with legal standing. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane will hear oral arguments in the case Wednesday. Because it conflicts with federal equal rights protections, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that she would not defend the state constitutional provision.
The organization said the motion will be filed on behalf of Oregon members of the group, including a county clerk, professionals in the wedding industry and voters. “If our motion to intervene is granted, we intend to fully and aggressively defend the state constitutional amendment,” Eastman said.
Ultimately, successful opposition would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to serve gay weddings if they have religious objections.