Oregon Attorney General Won’t Defend Gay Marriage Ban

February 20, 2014 2:04 p.m.

Oregon’s attorney general said Thursday that she will not defend the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum argued in a court filing that Oregon’s ban, which voters added to the state constitution in 2004, “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review,” as quoted by The Oregonian.

Rosenblum filed her brief with U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, who is hearing a suit brought by four same-sex couples challenging the state’s ban. Her statement means that both the plaintiffs and the defendant in the case view the ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.

Aside from that court challenge, a campaign to overturn the ban via a ballot initiative in the November election has gained the support of GOP officials and activists.

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