On Monday, May 19, U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled that Oregon’s exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional—paving the way for couples to begin marrying immediately. Thus, striking down Oregon’s constitutional amendment denying loving and committed same-sex couples from the freedom to marry! Here at Basic Rights we are so filled with emotion of gratitude and appreciation of all of thousands of people and years of work to get us to this victory. The outpouring of love, enthusiasm, relief, tenderness, and joy has been astounding.
Thank you… to every LGBT person who has spoken your truth, even when your voice shakes, to every ally who has lifted your voice for justice, to everyone who has opened your heart to understanding that love is love. Thank you!
This is a victory that will resonate in the hearts of Oregonians for years to come. We have much more work ahead of us that will be uplifted by the strength of what we have built together. In the words of Judge McShane, “let us look to each other … and rise.”
If you want to marry in Oregon, visit the Decision Day Resource Webpage to see county-by-county information on how and when you can apply for a marriage license, and more information on Oregon Registered Domestic Partnerships. Questions or comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.