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Oregon AG Will NOT Defend State's Marriage Equality Ban

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has followed five other attorneys general in a decision to not defend her state's ban on same-sex marriage. A suit filed by Portland-based attorneys on behalf of two gay couples who wish to marry in Oregon will not find a roadblock in Rosenblum, who believes the ban “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review." 

“State defendants admit that performing same-sex marriages in Oregon would have no adverse effect on existing marriages, and that sexual orientation does not determine an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and enduring relationship,” Rosenblum added in the filing, which was delivered today in Eugene. 

Rosenblum says she will continue to enforce the ban until the law is dismantled in courts, however. 

Attorneys General Kamala Harris of California, Mark Herring of Virginia, Lisa Madigan of Illinois, Kathleen Kane of Pennsylvania and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada have also refused to defend their state's marriage equality bans in recent months. 

(Source: Bloomberg)



It's simple: Oregon state law currently bans same-sex marriage. Since it is currently the law, she will abide by and enforce it.

However, it is being challenged by two same-sex couples and their lawyers. She has indicated that she will not defend the law in court. In other words, she will not stand in the way of it being overturned.

I take it that- she has to enforce it because it's the law but that doesn't mean she thinks it's right. 

She's not going to defend the ban...but she will continue to enforce it. HUH? That's not very clear.

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