Despite what I said last week, Oregon is now the 18th U.S. state with marriage equality.
Idaho, like Utah, Oklahoma, Virgina, Texas, Michigan, and Arkansas before it, is going to wait for judicial appeals and counter-appeals and etc. etc. etc.
Oregon, on the other hand, is apparently totally okay with treating all of its people like people.
This is the second time in Oregon's history that marriage equality has been legal: in March of 2004, a county attorney stated that same-sex marriages were legal, and that county started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The situation got stopped, and the voters of Oregon, in a November 2004 57%-43% vote, changed the state constitution to make it "… the policy of Oregon, and its political subdivisions, that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or legally recognized as a marriage."
Oregon started changing its mind in October of 2013, when it legally recognized same-sex marriages from other places, and yesterday's ruling revokes the 2004 state constitutional amendment.
"Because Oregon's marriage laws discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation without a rational relationship to any legitimate government interest, the laws violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution." U.S. District Jude Michael McShane, in his decision
Also from that decision:
I know that many suggest we are going down a slippery slope that will have no moral boundaries. To those who truly harbor such fears, I can only say this: Let us look less to the sky to see what might fall; rather, let us look to each other ... and rise.
Who put all this poetry into my country's judicial system's decisions?!?!