Federal Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban In Oregon

(Salem, OR) -- A federal judge is striking down Oregon's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, calling it unconstitutional. Gay marriage opponents had asked a superior court to stay the judge's decision, but earlier today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected their emergency motion. Oregon is now the seventh state where a federal judge has struck down a gay marriage ban since the U.S. Supreme court ruled last year against key sections of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.