Oregon will recognize the out-of-state
marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
According to Portland alternative
Week, state Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan ordered
agencies to begin recognizing such unions.
“Oregon agencies must recognize all
out-of-state marriages for the purposes of administering state
programs,” Jordan wrote in a memo to all state agencies on Wednesday. “That includes legal, same sex marriages performed in
other states and countries.”
Jordan based his decision on a legal
opinion from the Oregon Department of Justice.
Gay couples can marry in neighboring
states Washington and California and nearby Canada.
Marriage equality supporters have
mounted a referendum campaign and filed
a lawsuit to legalize gay nuptials in Oregon.
Trail Blazers support effort to legalize gay marriage in Oregon.)
The federal government began
recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples after the
U.S. Supreme Court knocked down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in