More Gay Marriage Defiance

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday nullified nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year ago by Portland's Multnomah County, saying a county cannot go against state matrimonial law.

"Oregon law currently places the regulation of marriage exclusively within the province of the state's legislative power," the high court said in its unanimous ruling.

The court said state law bans gay marriage. It also noted Oregon voters approved a constitutional amendment last November that even more explicitly prohibits the practice.
Welcome to a state that requires Supreme Court intervention to acknowledge the will of the people. Not only was gay marriage prohibited by state law but voters approved a constitutional amendment against it.

I'm not going to get into my personal opinion on gay marriage because regardless of what it is I respect our system of government and how it was designed to work. When the People pass a constitutional amendment I expect city officials not to break it.