tex 300x199 Oregon: Federal Judge Finds State and U.S. Marriage Bans Unconstitutional

[Stephanie Hull]

The hits just keep on comin’:

A federal appeals judge found this week in a bias complaint that federal and Oregon bans on same-sex marriages violate the U.S. Constitution.
Harry Pregerson, a judge with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, made the declarations in deciding that the federal government had discriminated against Portland lawyer Alison “Tex” Clark based on her sexual orientation.

Clark, an assistant federal public defender, married photographer Anna Campbell last June 23 in British Columbia, where same-sex marriage is legal. On July 12, she applied for federal health care benefits for Campbell, but was denied and subsequently appealed.

“Getting the opinion was a salve for the pain of getting a letter from the government last year saying our marriage was not recognized by the federal government,” Clark said Thursday.

The process has begun in Oregon to remove their anti-gay constitutional amendment, by collecting signatures to put it on the ballot. The most recent polling shows that 54% of Oregon voters support marriage equality.

[h/t Andy]