Breaking: Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge has ruled that Oregon’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, clearing the way for the state to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane issued his ruling on Monday, striking down a provision in Oregon’s state constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon’s state attorney general, said earlier this year that she would not defend the state’s ban against legal challenges following the federal judge’s ruling.

Officials in Multnomah County said they would begin issuing marriage licenses immediately in Oregon’s largest county.