A federal judge's ruling that overturns Oregon's voter-approved ban on gay marriage brought a flood of reaction, with Democrat supporters cheering the decision and a Powell Butte Republican lawmaker calling for a continued "process of reconciliation ... with respect for each other."
Here are numerous such statements, infull:
Governor Kitzhaber Releases Statement of Support for Marriage Equality for Oregonians
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today released the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge Michael McShane's ruling on same-sex marriage in Oregon:
"I strongly support Judge McShane’s decision to overturn institutional discrimination in Oregon’s constitution. No longer will Oregonians tolerate discrimination against the gay, lesbian, and transgender community.
Instead, the people of this state have come to understand that marriage equality affects our neighbors and our coworkers and the people next to us at the grocery store. It affects loving families that are committed to one another.
When we talk about marriage equality, we’re talking about the rights we demand for every person in this state, whether it’s equal opportunity for a good education, for affordable health care, for access to a good job and a more prosperous life. Now, finally, all Oregonians will have the opportunity to make a legal commitment to the person they love. Every person and every family in Oregon deserves that chance. Today is a win for love, for families, and for freedom."
Sen. Jeff Merkley:
It's an historic day for Oregon.
Just a few minutes ago, a federal judge ruled that Oregon's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional -- clearing the way for marriages to begin this week!
In our personal lives, most of us share the aspiration to find someone we love and settle down to make a life together. To be able to share life’s joys and trials. To create a family together. To be able to celebrate that love and declare publicly in front of friends and families our lifelong commitment to that person we love.
And now, in Oregon, this most basic freedom -- to marry the one you love -- is a reality for every Oregonian.
The arc of history is long, but it does indeed bend toward justice.
Wyden Applauds Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden issued the following statement in response to a U.S. District Court’s decision to strike down Oregon’s ban on gay marriage:
“Judge Michael McShane’s decision marks a significant moment in Oregon’s civil rights history, and it’s an important step toward equal rights for all Americans. Every American deserves the freedom to marry the person they love, and, starting today, all Oregonians will have that choice. I am proud to have stood with Oregon’s same-sex couples in this struggle for marriage equality for nearly 20 years, and it’s important to keep pushing until that right extends to all Americans.”
Wyden spoke in support of equal rights for gay couples during his first campaign for senate, and he was one of 14 senators who voted against DOMA in 1996. Wyden’s floor speech from the 1996 debate over DOMA can be found here.
Statement From House Republican Leader Mike McLane on Same-Sex Marriage Court Decision
Salem, OR - House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) today issued the following statement in response to today's federal court ruling regarding same-sex marriage:
"For those that believe marriage is a religious covenant, the origin of which predates America, today's federal court ruling won't change that. For those that believe marriage is a legal union between two people that is recognized and enforced by our state government, today's ruling is a logical extension of the Supreme Court's ruling last summer. Our society must embrace both views. My hope is that the process of reconciliation in Oregon will continue as we move forward with respect for each other."
STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL ROSENBLUM ON THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT’S RULING ON THE OCCASION OF GEIGER ET AL.
This is an historic day for our state. I am delighted that Judge Michael McShane struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage, finding no legitimate state purpose justifies the preclusion of gay and lesbian couples from civil marriage. The U.S. District Court concluded, as I did in the position I took on behalf of the state defendants, that Oregon's constitutional ban is not defensible under the United States Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.
I did not take lightly my decision not to defend the Oregon constitution in this matter. That is why we presented the court with all of the arguments we were aware of that had been made in other jurisdictions. And that’s why my office carefully explained in a lengthy brief and at oral argument why making those arguments in this case would have been at odds with our oath to defend the United States Constitution.
Today's decisive ruling shows that the U.S. District Court also considered these arguments and rejected them. The ruling affirms our state's commitment to equal protection under the law. It says, plainly and simply, that under the supreme law of the land, it is not okay to deny same-sex couples in Oregon the same right to marry that is given to opposite-sex couples.
As I said three months ago, marriage is the way loving couples become family to each other and to their extended families. As the court said, creating second-tier families does not advance the state’s strong interest in promoting and protecting all families. I would like to personally congratulate and welcome the many families that will soon be recognized as a result of today's historic ruling.
Treasurer Wheeler statement: ‘Oregon is now on the right side of history’
Federal judge today cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Oregon
SALEM – State Treasurer Ted Wheeler released the following statement today after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Oregon.
“Oregon is a better place because of today’s ruling: Oregon is now on the right side of history.”