State level bans against same-sex marriage licenses became obsolete in June when the U. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell vs. The decision was an unprecedented step forward in the gay rights movement when the court ruled in a decision that all states must recognize same-sex marriages under federal law. It was a narrow decision, but it nonetheless forced all states to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Many states already had laws in place approving same-sex marriage, so the SCOTUS decision was something of a moot point in these jurisdictions.
Effective January 1, , OAR mandates that in the administration of all state laws, all state agencies must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples validly performed in other jurisdictions to the same extent that they recognize other marriages validly performed in other jurisdictions. This temporary rule , which will expire on June 30, , has been put in place to ensure consistent application of statewide policy by agencies and to comply with the federal Constitution. Impacted state agencies have been directed to implement program-specific administrative rules prior to the expiration date of this temporary rule. Links to these agency program changes can be found below. Please contact Amy Williams , for technical issues relating to these links.
Same-sex couples marry in Oregon as judge strikes down state ban
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Latest Development: The U. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, thereby requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Background and History: State legislatures, voters and more recently the courts have made sweeping changes over the past two decades in laws defining whether marriage is limited to relationships between a man and a woman or is extended to same-sex couples. Before the U. Supreme Court ruling on Oct.