John M. Becker

Oregon AG Won't Defend Anti-Marriage Amendment

Filed By John M. Becker | February 20, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage ban, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Oregon

oregon_rainbow.pngThe attorney general of Oregon said today that she will no longer defend her state's constitutional marriage discrimination amendment in court.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports:

Oregon's attorney general said she won't defend her state's ban on same-sex marriage, joining other top state law enforcement officials in refusing to fight challenges to similar prohibitions.

The law "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review," Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a court filing today in Eugene. She said the state will continue to enforce the ban unless it's overturned by a court.

Rosenblum followed fellow Democratic attorneys general Kamala Harris of California, Mark Herring of Virginia, Lisa Madigan of Illinois, Kathleen Kane of Pennsylvania and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada in refusing to actively defend gay marriage bans.

Notice a pattern here? The AGs and governors who are standing up against marriage discrimination are Democrats. Elections matter, folks -- to paraphrase Barney Frank, the Democrats may not be perfect, but the GOP is nuts.

In any case, well done, Ms. Rosenblum, and welcome to the right side of history! Thank you!

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