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Oral Arguments Heard In Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Case

File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Ore.
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File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Ore.

At this hour advocates for same sex marriage are making their case to a federal judge in Eugene, Ore.

File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Ore.
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File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Ore.

Four couples are suing the state in an effort to overturn a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

U. S. district judge Michael McShane will hear arguments from attorneys for the plaintiffs but isn't expected to issue a ruling today. That's because opponents filed a last-minute motion to intervene in the case.

Outside the courthouse in Eugene, supporters gathered before the hearing. Some described the day as an historic occasion in their fight for legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the state.

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.