Government and Politics
5:10 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Oregon Judge Set To Issue Ruling In Gay Marriage Lawsuit

A federal judge in Oregon is set to rule Monday in a case that could legalize same-sex marriage in the state. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane says he'll issue a ruling at noon.

File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.
File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.
Credit M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia

The case pits four same-sex couples against the state of Oregon, which bans gay marriage. Gay rights advocates say a ruling in their favor would open the door for all same-sex couples to be legally married in Oregon.

The state says it's ready to distribute marriage license applications immediately to same-sex couples if the judge overturns the ban. Last week Judge McShane turned down a national group's last-minute attempt to defend the 2004 voter-approved ballot measure.

If the judge rules against gay marriage, Oregon voters could have a chance to overturn the ban this fall.