Ore. AG OK to implement gay marriage if ban falls

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's attorney general has told a federal court why she believes the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal rights of homosexual couples. And Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum adds that Oregon is "prepared to implement" gay marriages if a federal judge strikes down that ban.

Rosenblum announced last month that she would not defend the state's same-sex marriage ban in court.

Two lawsuits alleging Oregon's 2004 ban violates the U.S. Constitution have been consolidated. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane has scheduled April 23 oral arguments in the case.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/xRi4mA) that in a 35-page brief filed Tuesday, Rosenblum says there is no rational justification for maintaining the gay marriage ban. She also says that federal constitutional protections for same-sex couples have become clear since Oregon voters approved the ban.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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