Judge to rule today on Oregon gay marriage ban

A federal judge who is raising a child in a same-sex relationship appeared poised Monday to overturn Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage.


Judge Michael McShane said he would rule at noon local time — 3 p.m. ET — on a lawsuit brought by four gay and lesbian couples challenging the ban that was approved by voters a decade ago.


Both sides in the case have asked McShane to drop the ban. The state’s Democratic attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, has declined to defend the law, saying last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that tossed out key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act made the state ban indefensible.


Judges have tossed out similar bans in a half dozen states since the…


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