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Oregon couples sue for right to marry – Case could overturn Measure 36 before voters repeal it toward common goals

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Oregon became the 20th state to see its ban on same-sex marriage challenged in court when one Lesbian and one Gay couple filed suit in federal court on October 15. The couples seek to have Oregon’s 2004 Measure 36 overturned. Deanna Geiger and Janine Nelson wish to be married in their home state, and Robert Deuhmig and William Griesar, who married in Canada, want the state to recognize their rights as legal spouses. Measure 36, passed by a vote of 57% to 43%, amended the Oregon state constitution to bar Gay and Lesbian marriages after Multnomah and Benton County officials began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. While Measure 36 was upheld by Oregon state courts, notably by the Oregon Supreme Court in 2009, attorneys for the couples argue that Measure 36 is a federal question because it violates the U.S. Constitution. ‘We would like a federal district judge in

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