In the United States, same-sex marriage is recognized by the federal government and has been legalized in 36 U. Among the 38 states where same-sex marriage is legal to at least some degree, marriage is open to same-sex couples statewide in 35 of those, while it is restricted in 3 of them. Missouri recognizes same-sex marriages from out of state and same-sex marriages licensed by the City of St. Louis under a state court order ; two other jurisdictions issue such licenses as well. In Kansas , marriage licenses are available to same-sex couples in most counties, but the state does not recognize their validity.
Oregon says will not defend state ban on gay marriage
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Before same-sex marriage was declared legal in , the concept of a civil union was popular. For politicians, it seemed like an interchangeable idea that required no legal action—but if a civil union was the same as marriage, why would the LGBT community have fought so hard for equality? When people marry, they tend to do so for reasons of love and commitment. But marriage is also a legal status, which comes with rights and responsibilities.
Oregon joins the list: State won’t defend gay marriage ban
Same-sex marriage in Oregon has been legally recognized since May 19, , when a U. District Court judge ruled in Geiger v. Kitzhaber that Oregon's state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution. A campaign that was then under way to win voter approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage was suspended following the decision. In July , Governor Kate Brown signed legislation codifying same-sex marriage in various Oregon statutes.