Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Ban


By KMVT News

Portland, Oregon (CNN) Same-sex couples can get hitched in Oregon.

A federal judge threw out the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage Monday, saying it is unconstitutional.

Same sex couples began getting marriage licenses immediately after the ruling.

"It means that my son is going to have...I'm sorry. It means that my son's family is just as legitimate as the one next door. And that he can grow up proud. His start to life - as I mentioned before - was too rough and the one we don't want children to have. But today, his forever home is as solid as anybody else’s forever home," said one man.

Oregon voters passed Measure 36 in 2004, which amended the state's constitution to define marriage as between one man and a woman.

In February, the state's attorney general said she would not defend the ban in court because it would not stand up to a federal constitutional challenge.

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