PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.
State officials had refused to defend Oregon's voter-approved ban and said they'd be prepared to carry out same-sex marriages almost immediately if the judge struck it down. That's what happened this afternoon, once U.S. District Judge Michael McShane issued his ruling in Eugene.
Gay couples had been lined up for their licenses more than four hours before the decision, and they have been plunging ahead with weddings since.
Kelly and Patty Reagan took the day off work to get married, their kids along with them. Kelly Reagan says Monday's ruling is the final validation - "the official stamp."
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