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Oregon will recognize same-sex couples’ out-of-state marriages

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Oregon State SealOregon will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed in other states, the Willamette Week reported yesterday:

In a memo sent to all state agencies today, state Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan says any gay couple who wed in a state where same-sex marriage is legal will now be eligible for the same benefits as any other married couple.

“Oregon agencies must recognize all out-of-state marriages for the purposes of administering state programs,” Jordan writes. “That includes legal, same sex marriages performed in other states and countries.”

Jordan made the decision based on a legal opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice.

“The opinion says that for years, Oregon has had a history of recognizing valid marriages that were performed in other states,” says Department of Administrative Services spokesman Matt Shelby tells WW.

As the Week points out, marriages between same-sex couples are not the only unions allowed under Oregon law if entered into outside the state but prohibited in-state: common law marriages from outside jurisdictions are also recognized.

We reported yesterday on a federal court challenge filed in Eugene this week seeking to have Oregon’s marriage equality ban ruled invalid under the U.S. Constitution.  A pro-marriage equality ballot initiative for 2014 is also in the works in Oregon.

3 Comments

  • 1. Equality On Trial »&hellip  |  November 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    […] equality is well on its way towards becoming a reality in Oregon: last month, the state announced it would honor out-of-state marriage licenses for same-sex couples just one day after two couples […]

  • 2. My Beliefs Matter  |  December 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Democracy never matters to zealots.

  • 3. fiona64  |  December 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

    What a ridiculous statement. First of all, we live in a democratic *republic.* One which, BTW, was founded in such a way as to prevent tyrannical majorities from denying rights to minorities.

    The only zealots I see are the ones desperately trying to hang on to the hegemony of "only my marriage counts." I'm a straight, married, middle-aged woman — who has been fighting on behalf of marriage equality for my gay and lesbian friends for nearly 20 years now. I have gay and lesbian friends who have been with their partners for nearly as long as I've been alive — and because you personally disapprove, you don't think they should have the right to marry?

    Laughable.

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