Oregon Will Now Recognize Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages
Though same-sex marriage is not currently legal in Oregon, the state will now recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.
In a memo sent to all state agencies today, state Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordansays any gay couple who wed in a state where same-sex marriage is legal will now be eligible for the same benefits as any other married couple.
"Oregon agencies must recognize all out-of-state marriages for the purposes of administering state programs," Jordan writes. "That includes legal, same sex marriages performed in other states and countries."
Jordan made the decision based on a legal opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice.
"The opinion says that for years, Oregon has had a history of recognizing valid marriages that were performed in other states," says Department of Administrative Services spokesman Matt Shelby tells WW.
There is a 2014 ballot initiative to overturn Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The legality of that ban is also being challenged in federal court.