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Xander Fulton
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Linkage to local paper covering the news

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Same-sex couples in Oregon won the right marry today, after U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane ruled the state's 10-year-old ban violates citizens' constitutional rights.
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The National Organization of Marriage tried to preempt McShane's ruling by filing an appeal to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the higher court to stop Oregon from allowing same-sex couples to wed while the organization appeals. But the court rejected that appeal 45 minutes before McShane's ruling.
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Cool statement from Judge Michael McShane...

WW wrote:
"Where will all this lead?" he writes. "I know that many suggest we are going down a slippery slope that will have no moral boundaries. To those who truly harbor such fears, I can only say this: Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other … and rise."
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Koldfoot wrote:
Is anyone else surprised this is a recent development for Oregon?


I know this is hard for some people who have never been there to believe....

But outside of the Portland-Salem corridor, Oregon is a pretty conservative state.

It's like Washington that way. The liberal Democrats live on the West side of the state, the conservative Republicans on the East.

The marriage ban was passed when the East side of the state had a resurgence in the state house.

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Ilthuain wrote:
Cool statement from Judge Michael McShane...

WW wrote:
"Where will all this lead?" he writes. "I know that many suggest we are going down a slippery slope that will have no moral boundaries. To those who truly harbor such fears, I can only say this: Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other … and rise."


To assuage the concerns of those who fear a lack of moral boundaries, he suggests we all get a rise from looking to other people?
 
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Darilian wrote:
Koldfoot wrote:
Is anyone else surprised this is a recent development for Oregon?


I know this is hard for some people who have never been there to believe....

But outside of the Portland-Salem corridor, Oregon is a pretty conservative state.

It's like Washington that way. The liberal Democrats live on the West side of the state, the conservative Republicans on the East.

The marriage ban was passed when the East side of the state had a resurgence in the state house.

Darilian


I'd say it's more a split between borderline-socialist-liberals in the Willamette Valley, and guns-'n-freedom libertarians on the other side of the mountains.

Those groups actually agree on a LOT of issues, in general, including this one...usually. Although obviously (almost always) disagree in method.

But we also have a local Fox affiliate, and the neo-con policies it advocates do a reasonably good job hijacking sometimes-libertarian-conservatives, as they do everywhere. And our coastal region tends to fall much more into the 'Christian conservative' sort of political alignment (strangely).

Which results in legislation like this every now and then.
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Here in Missouri the state has done a complete 180 on the issue. There was a poll taken in 2010 where only 37% of voters were in favor of gay marriage or civil unions. This year it's like 62%. It will happen within the next year I think. Would like to see it for our neighbors. Two super nice ladies who have been together for many years and legal recognition of that would be very beneficial for them.
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