Friday, February 21, 2014

Oregon Will Not Defend Its Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Pending Litigation

In its answer filed yesterday in Geiger v. Kitzhaber, a suit challenging Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, Oregon officials notified the federal district court:
State Defendants will not defend the Oregon ban on same-sex marriage in this litigation. Rather, they will take the position in their summary judgment briefing that the ban cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review. In the meantime, as the State Defendants are legally obligated to enforce the Oregon Constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage, they will continue to do so unless and until this Court grants the relief sought by the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit was filed last October. (See prior posting.) SCOTUSblog reports on Oregon's decision not to defend its ban.