“If folks don’t like gay marriage, they simply shouldn’t get one,” he said, calling the ban discrimination.
In 2004, Oregon passed a law that marriage was between one man and one woman. Last week, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane listened to arguments from those wanting to overturn the constitutional amendment.
“Well having urged the President to name the judge I think…he is a very thoughtful and objective judge,” Wyden said of McShane.
McShane only heard arguments in favor of gay marriage because the state has declined to defend the ban, KEZI said.
“Neither the organization nor its anonymous members have a valid basis to intervene simply because they disagree with the position articulated by the state’s chief law officer,” the motion said. “This court should deny the motion to intervene as untimely and without merit.”
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) will argue in favor of the ban during a hearing on May 14.
“The legal questions, of course, are revolving around the matter of discrimination, I think it is discrimination,” Wyden said. “I’ll just say from a policy standpoint, my position has long been that if folks don’t like gay marriage, they simply shouldn’t get one.”