Oregon says will not defend state ban on gay marriage

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Posted: Feb 20, 2014 2:44 PM

(Reuters) - Oregon will not defend a ban on gay marriage in the left-leaning state over a lawsuit brought by four same-sex couples who say the prohibition violates equality protections in the U.S. Constitution, the state attorney general said on Thursday.

"The law in this area is developing and it is now clear that there is no rational basis for Oregon to refuse to honor the commitments made by same-sex couples in the same way it honors the commitments of opposite-sex couples," said Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

(Reporting By Jonathan Kaminsky; Writing by Cynthia Johnston)