Montana Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned

(CNN) – A federal judge overturned Montana’s same-sex marriage ban Wednesday, making it the 34th state in the nation to allow such unions. The U.S. District Court order was effective immediately, meaning same-sex marriages can begin right away. “This decision overturns a Montana Constitutional amendment approved by the voters of Montana. Yet the United States … Continue reading »

Judge Overturns S. Carolina Same-Sex Ban

WASHINGTON — A U.S. District Court judge overturned South Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage yesterday. However, the ruling doesn’t mean couples can get marriage licenses right away. Couples will have to wait at least another week. The judge set the order to go into effect on November 20th, to give opponents the opportunity to appeal … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage to Help Oregon Economy

SALEM, Ore. — A new study shows same-sex marriage is expected to bring millions of dollars to Oregon’s economy every year. The finance website “Nerd Wallet” looked at consumer spending on weddings, the self-identified gay and lesbian population, and overall marriage rates. They say same-sex marriage is expected to add 42 million dollars to Oregon’s … Continue reading »

Court Refuses to Block Weddings

EUGENE, Ore. — Same-sex marriage supporters in Oregon got another victory. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt same-sex weddings in Oregon while a federal appeals court considers whether a group opposed to gay marriage can intervene. The order follows an emergency appeal by the National Organization for Marriage. NOM is seeking to … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued

EUGENE, Ore. — Same-sex couples in Oregon can get married starting now. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Click here for the judge’s full ruling. The National Organization for Marriage filed an Emergency Request for Stay Monday morning, which would’ve halted McShane’s decision. The emergency motion was denied a few hours later … Continue reading »

Decision Expected on Same-Sex Marriage

ASHLAND, Ore. — When you ask this couple how they met 15 years ago they’ll say it was euphoric. Gina DuQuenne and Josh Willow had a commitment ceremony, they call very touching. Their union is not legally recognized in the state of Oregon. Four same sex couples bringing the suit to the federal judge are … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Defense Denied

EUGENE, Ore. — A federal judge denied the National Organization for Marriage’s request to intervene in a same-sex marriage case Wednesday morning. The judge will not let the group defend Oregon’s ban against same-sex marriage in a court setting. Judge Michael McShane heard arguments from the National Organization for Marriage at the federal courthouse in … Continue reading »

Arkansas Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban

(CNN) — Crowds formed early Monday morning outside of the Arkansas courthouse as eager couples lined up to get married. Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage was overturned Friday. A State judge declared the voter-approved measure unconstitutional. Same-sex couples were cleared to get married immediately. Some waited in long lines for marriage licenses on Saturday, but … Continue reading »

Same-Sex Marriage Case Draws Reaction

EUGENE, Ore. — People on both sides of the same-sex marriage issue are closely watching what happens in Eugene. Those supporting same-sex marriage say the current ban creates inequalities, and they hope the state can come together and unite behind same-sex couples. But members of a national organization says they’re countering this suit because they … Continue reading »