Dozens of same-sex couples marry

Dozens of same-sex couples were officially married Monday after a federal judge ruled that Oregon’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.


U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the ban discriminates against gay couples and ordered Oregon not to enforce it. Oregon officials earlier refused to defend the ban in court.


Jubilant couples began applying for marriage licenses immediately after McShane issued his ruling, and many were married hours later. In Portland, Multnomah County issued more than 70 licenses, according to the gay-rights group Oregon United for Marriage.

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