The Washington Blade reports:
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced on Thursday she won’t defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage against a legal challenge, saying the law cannot withstand judicial scrutiny “under any standard of review.” Meanwhile, the campaign led by Oregon United for Marriage to bring marriage equality to the state via ballot measure in November says it is holding the surplus of signatures already collected pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
The hearing in the case is set for April 23rd.
Also, from Oregon United for Marriage, the polling looks good:
The campaign also released updated polling today, showing that 55 percent of likely November voters favor allowing gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry, with just 41 percent opposed. “This is tremendous news. The Attorney General has taken a close look at the facts, and came to the same conclusion that courts around the country and freedom-minded Oregonians have: there is no reasonable or legal justification to exclude committed gay and lesbian couples from marriage,” campaign manager Mike Marshall says. “The dramatic increase in Oregonians’ support for the freedom to marry–from 42 percent support in May 2010 to 55 percent support today–mirrors the movement we’re seeing nationally. More and more people understand that no one should be denied the freedom to marry the person they love.”
So marriage equality in Oregon by 2015? That would lock up the West Coast…