Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Oregon Marriage Amendment Challenged in Courts

Why anyone would still think that marriage amendments will halt the assault on traditional marriage is beyond us. Focus on the Family's Citizen Link (and AP) reported yesterday that queer activists are bringing a court challenge to Oregon's voter-approved amendment to their state constitution (which defined marriage as between one man and one woman):

Oregon Court Considers Gay Marriage

The issue of Oregon's law banning same-sex marriage went to court today, as homosexual advocates challenged the law, The Associated Press reported.

Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Guimond was to hear arguments that the state's voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman is unconstitutional.

Basic Rights Oregon, the homosexual advocacy group that filed the lawsuit, is arguing that the law affects multiple rights, violating a state law that restricts numerous changes on one ballot measure.

Supporters say the one-sentence change to the constitution is straightforward, stating that the only marriages recognized in the state will be those between one man and one woman.
Tim Nashif, political director of the Oregon Family Council, said the amendment was simpler and clearer than amendments passed in other states.

"It appears they're searching for a judge who will overturn the measure for them," Nashif said. The court battle is expected to take at least two years and to ultimately wind up before the state Supreme Court.