Thursday, October 17, 2013

Oregon is Effectively #14

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Oregon is not quite a marriage equality state. However, it is now recognizing marriages from other states. In a memo sent to all state agencies yesterday, state Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan says 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.

This puts full marriage equality within less than 300 miles, from Washington to the north or California to the south, for any Oregonian couple.

The logic behind this determination was similar to the Supreme Court's ruling in US v. Windsor. Oregon has always recognized all other marriages from out of state. The state cannot demonstrate any rational government interest for not treating gays similarly other than moral opprobrium. It makes me wonder if this might not be another area to litigate. Once a state recognizes marriages from other states it seems pointless not to fully embrace marriage equality.
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