Monday, May 19, 2014

McShane: Gay couples would be unequal to married felons, deadbeats and mail-order brides

Plaintiffs consider the time, energy, and sacrifice they devote to building a meaningful life with their loved ones, but find their efforts less worthy in the eyes of the law. They face a tiered system of recognition that grants greater legal status to married felons, deadbeat parents, and mail-order brides. They see no rationale for such treatment, and are angered by what they perceive as state-sanctioned discrimination against them. Accordingly, the plaintiffs request that the state's laws withholding civil marriage from same-gender couples be found unconstitutional.
Judge Michael J. McShane, US District Court for the District of Oregon
May 19, 2014
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