Seriously Powerful: on Marriage Equality Vigils and Court Cases

Compiled by PQ Monthly Staff

From Oregon United for Marriage’s Amy Ruiz:

“Wow. I just left the marriage vigil in Portland—one of seven statewide—where, on the eve of oral arguments in Oregon’s marriage case, I stood alongside my wife, our son and hundreds of passionate supporters who believe it’s time freedom to marry.

It was seriously powerful.

Oregonians from all walks of life—gay and straight, young and old—united together to show that the people of our state are more than ready to allow all loving couples to marry.

Now we shift our focus to tomorrow, when oral arguments begin in the lawsuit challenging Oregon’s marriage ban. As the case proceeds, we’ll keep you updated on all the latest, and how a ruling might impact same-sex couples in Oregon.

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This show of amazing energy for the freedom to marry comes on the heels of the latest desperate attempt from the fringe anti-gay National Organization for Marriage to derail progress in Oregon.

Tonight, we showed NOM that they don’t speak for the majority of Oregonians who believe in marriage equality.

As our state takes a historic step towards winning marriage once and for all, be the first to know if or when the judge issues a ruling on the freedom to marry:

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Our team will be in Eugene for oral arguments tomorrow, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed of all the latest.

Thanks for all you’re doing.”

On the vigils, from Oregon United for Marriage:

“Hundreds of Oregonians—young and old, Republican and Democrat, from the coast to the high desert—came together to celebrate the long road toward marriage equality in Oregon. Together, they sent a powerful message: Oregon is ready for marriage.

The vigil happened on the same day the National Organization for Marriage—which opposes marriage for same-sex couples—filed a motion to intervene in the case, as well as a motion to postpone Wednesday’s hearing. In a ruling on Tuesday afternoon, Judge Michael McShane denied the motion to postpone, and set a hearing on the motion to intervene for May 14. If intervention is allowed, the court will schedule a second briefing schedule on summary judgement or the court will set the matter for trial, according to Judge McShane’s ruling. Wednesday’s hearing is still scheduled for 1:30 pm in Eugene.”

Additionally:

“Oregon federal court hears oral arguments in marriage equality case

Judge could strike down Oregon’s 10-year-old marriage ban

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane will hear oral arguments on Wednesday in Eugene in a historic case seeking to give Oregonians the freedom to marry.

Media Availability

WHAT: Plaintiff and Basic Rights Oregon executive director Jeana Frazzini and ACLU executive director Dave Fidanque answer questions about lawsuit.

WHEN/WHERE: 12:30 p.m. just outside the Wayne Morse Courthouse at 405 E. Eighth Ave in Eugene.

Court Arguments

WHAT: Attorneys advocating for the freedom to marry will argue why Oregon’s law that excludes same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional. The judge has denied requests to allow cameras or other recording devices into the courtroom.

WHEN/WHERE: 1:30 p.m. inside the Wayne Morse Courthouse in Eugene.

Press Conference

WHAT: Plaintiffs will speak about the lawsuit and why they want to marry. Attorneys  will talk about what happened and why.

WHEN/WHERE: Immediately after court hearing at approximately 3:30 p.m. right outside the courthouse.”

PQ will have more as the situation unfolds.