Same-sex marriage is not legal in Oregon and gay rights groups have been working to change that. On October 17, Oregon Live reported that despite same-sex marriage being illegal in the state, the Department of Justice says that legal same-sex marriages that were performed in other states must be recognized within the state of Oregon.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan has stated that those who are involved in same-sex marriages that were performed legally outside of Oregon are entitled to the same benefits as other married couples within the state. With the recent changes in same-sex marriage laws, as well as the legalization in California and Washington, this ruling will affect a lot of people.
This is just the next step in legalizing same-sex marriage in Oregon. Gay rights groups have been pushing for a measure on the ballot to this effect and voters will likely see a same-sex measure very soon. It makes no sense to keep prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying in the state while affording them all the legal protections if they do so in another state. Whether one supports same-sex marriage or not, it comes down to economics. Why lose out on the revenue produced by same-sex marriage if the state is going to protect these couples in the same manner as all others?
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