Handling of Oregon marriage ruling an affront to all Oregonians

I strongly oppose Federal District Judge Michael McShane’s decision to overturn Oregon’s constitutional amendment that defines a marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The Judge ruled the Amendment unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment because, in his view, the Oregon marriage law discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, without any rational relationship to any legitimate government interest. We hear constituents express their abject disgust with Oregon politics and judicial activism on virtually a daily basis. Unfortunately, many Oregon politicians and judges have established a long history of earning that disrespect. In my opinion, Judge McShane and Attorney General Rosenblum’s performance in Federal District Court have elevated the reason for that disgust to a new and unprecedented level.


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