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Oregon Attorney General Won’t Defend Gay-Marriage Ban

Oregon’s attorney general said she won’t defend her state’s ban on same-sex marriage, joining other top law enforcement officials in refusing to fight challenges to similar prohibitions in five other states.

The law “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review,” Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a federal court filing yesterday in Eugene. She said the state will continue to enforce the ban unless it’s overturned by a court.