MEDFORD, Ore. — This week, a federal judge will review Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. LGBTQ advocates in Southern Oregon and around the state will be holding vigils on the eve before Wednesday’s oral arguments.
Same-sex couples in Oregon are waiting for the verdict on a state ban which they argue discriminates against gays and lesbians. In five states, federal judges have thrown out voter-approved bans on same-sex marriage on constitutional grounds.
Oregon is the last state on the West Coast to hold a same-sex marriage ban. Many LGBTQ advocates argue the ban denies them one of their civil rights.
“At the end of the day, I would love for my grandchildren and my children to witness the marriage ceremony of me and my partner, we’ve been together for 15 years in a loving relationship, and I mean why can’t I have that American dream?” asked Gina DuQuenne.
Many supporters of the ban say allowing same-sex couples to be married goes against the traditional definition of marriage. Oregon’s Attorney General has called the state ban legally indefensible. Oral arguments are scheduled for Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Eugene.
The local Vigil for Freedom to Marry will be held at the Jackson County Courthouse on Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.