Couples file federal suit to overturn Oregon ban on gay marriage

Couples file federal suit to overturn Oregon ban on gay marriage

Two gay couples filed a lawsuit in federal court asking a judge to overturn Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

It argues that one couple—Deanna Geiger and Janine Nelson—should be able to legally marry. The other plaintiffs, Robert Deuhmig and William Griesar, were legally married in Vancouver, B.C., and wish to have their rights recognized in Oregon.

The suit is separate from the anticipated $12 million campaign to overturn Measure 36 being orchestrated by Oregon United for Marriage. Volunteers are collecting signatures to put an initiative on the ballot next year.

Read more at Willamette Week.