In a victory for fairness and human decency a federal judge has struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage.
In his ruling, issued Monday, May 19, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said:
“Because Oregon’s marriage laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest, the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
Expressing a poignant sentiment, in eloquent fashion, McShane also noted:
“I believe that if we can look for a moment past gender and sexuality, we can see in these plaintiffs nothing more or less than our own families. Families who we would expect our constitution to protect, if not exalt, in equal measure.”
The ruling marks the 13th consecutive legal victory for gay marriage advocates since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned part of a federal ban on same-sex marriage.
In Oregon, Multnomah County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples immediately after the ruling.
News of the decision was greeted by cheers by same-sex couples who’d camped on lawn chairs outside Multnomah County’s building in Portland. Several couples had waited for hours before the noon ruling was issued ensuring marriage rights throughout Oregon for same-sex couples.
When news of the ruling spread, one man shouted “equality,” which the crowd also cheered.
Cheers for Oregon: cheers for equality; cheers for fairness; cheers for human decency.