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    Oregon Gay Marriage Law Struck Down

    Supporters of same-sex marriage gather for a rally in Portland, Oregon April 22, 2014. Oral arguments will begin on April 23 at a U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon on the constitutionality of the state's ban on same-sex marriage. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3MA39

    Steve Dipaola/Reuters

    A district court judge in Oregon Monday struck down the state's marriage law as violating the constitution because it discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation "without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest." Judge Michael McShane wrote of the plaintiffs: "Despite the fact that these couples present so vividly the characteristics of a loving and supportive relationship, none of these ideals we attribute to marriage are spousal prerequisities under Oregon law."

    Read it at Oregonian