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Organizers Announce Aug. 6 March for Freedom, Solidarity and Justice

Endorsers include Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance, VOZ Workers Rights Education Project and Council on American Islamic...

PAM Presents African American Portraits

Exhibit demonstrates diversity of the African American experience, late 1800s to 1990s ...

Humboldt Sewer Repair Project Update

Construction continues on a project repairing more than three miles of public sewer pipes ...

Augustana Lutheran Church Hosts Summer in the City Aug. 6

Free event includes BBQ, book sale, children’s games, music ...

Health Officials Warn of Spike in Heroin Overdoses

Emergency providers urge use of nalaxone, which is available without a prescription ...

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Welcoming Immigrants Keeps America Great

Trump’s plan to bar immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries is unlawful and un-American ...

EDITORIAL: It’s Time to Sunset the 48-Hour Rule

This week Mayor Ted Wheeler will ask Portland City Commissioners to end the hated 48-hour rule ...

Throw the Doors of Opportunity Wide Open for Our Youth

Congressional Black Caucus member Robin Kelly says it’s time to pass the “Today’s American Dream Act.” ...

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Civil Rights

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending talks about the impact of President Trump’s budget on civil rights...

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same-sex couples outside court


Plaintiffs, attorneys and supporters walk out of federal court where a federal judge heard oral arguments in two cases challenging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Judge Michael McShane did not say which way he was leaning, but his questioning focused heavily on how he should apply precedents from higher courts. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for four gay and lesbian couples and the state of Oregon are urging a federal judge to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
Judge Michael McShane heard arguments on the case Wednesday but did not say which way he was leaning. His questioning focused heavily on how he should apply precedents from higher courts.
The state attorney general has refused to defend the gay-marriage ban, so nobody supported it in court.
McShane says he won't rule on the constitutionality of the same-sex marriage ban until he decides on a request by the National Organization for Marriage to defend it.
The group's chairman, John Eastman, says the judge would benefit from hearing several arguments that weren't raised in court because nobody was able to defend the ban.

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