SCOTUS & Marriage Equality in Oregon

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MarriageHuge progress was made yesterday in the campaign for the Freedom to Marry, as the United States Supreme Court issued rulings on two important cases for marriage equality.

The Court ruled yesterday to strike down Prop 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which means that all couples who are legally married are now afforded federal protections, and the freedom to marry for all couples will soon be restored in California. It was a thrilling and exciting day for many, evident by the smiles and chants as hundreds of thousands of supporters rallied in cities across the nation (and on tumblr.)

Yesterday, Our Oregon was fortunate to have an opportunity to speak with Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon and chief sponsor of the 2014 ballot measures to bring the freedom to marry to Oregon to get an update on the impact of the court’s decisions and update on the campaign. (Video coming soon!)

As Jeana shared, though Oregonians were rightly celebrating yesterday’s news, there is still work to be done. Because while the repeal of DOMA brings equal rights to same-sex married couples¬† — and there are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections¬†provided on the basis of marital status in Federal law! — the state of Oregon is still barred by its constitution from granting the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.

The Oregon United for Marriage campaign is critical to Oregon’s ability to grant true marriage equality, rights, and benefits to all loving, committed couples. Yesterday’s rulings were great news for couples in California, Washington D.C., and 12 other states that have the freedom to marry. We’re eager to see Oregon take its turn and become the next state to grant the freedom to marry.

Visit Oregon United for Marriage for more information about the campaign and how you can get involved.

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