Oregon not backing gay marriage ban in lawsuit

By Kyle Johnson,

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced through a legal filing that the state will not be defending its gay marriage ban against a lawsuit aiming to get the ban struck down.

Rosenblum said the reasoning is that the ban "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review," reports The Oregonian.

Her filing did note, however, that as long as the ban remains legal, it will continue to be enforced "until this Court grants the relief sought by the plaintiffs."

According to The Associated Press, Oregon's gay marriage ban is currently in the middle of two lawsuits that have since been combined by a judge . The suit alleges that the 2004 ban is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Rosenblum, who has said she personally supports gay marriage, has sided with five other states that have decided not to defend their gay marriage bans from potential lawsuits.

The Oregonian notes that supporters of gay marriage in Oregon have announced they nearly have enough signatures to get an initiative to remove the ban placed on the ballot.

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