It's a slow news day, so just links today.
Same-sex marriage in Oregon:
- Judge calls a gay-wedding timeout | County Judge Frank Bearden's ruling seeks to advance both constitutional rights and public consensus (The Oregonian)
- Ruling pleases all for now | Multnomah County Circuit Judge Frank L. Bearden came to the sweeping conclusion that Oregon's marriage law discriminates against gays and lesbians in violation of the state constitution. But he also said the constitution probably would allow the state to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, as long as it extended the more than 500 tangible benefits of marriage to gay and lesbian couples (The Oregonian)
- Judge calls on Legislature to act on gay marriage | House and Senate leaders remain sharply divided about the issue (The Statesman-Journal, Salem, Ore.)
- Two women barely miss cutoff time to get marriage license | They expected to have until Thursday to make their union official (Associated Press)
- Gay 'marriage' licenses halted | The last county in the nation issuing "marriage" licenses to homosexual couples was ordered to stop yesterday by an Oregon judge (The Washington Times)
- Oregon judge orders halt to gay weddings (Associated Press)
- Don't rush a decision on same-sex marriage | Resolving the contentious issue needs a common-sense approach (Editorial, The Statesman-Journal, Salem, Ore.)
Same-sex marriage and related issues elsewhere:
- Massachusetts' highest court is asked to delay gay marriage | Seeking to keep same-sex marriages from taking place as scheduled on May 17, the head of a conservative Roman Catholic group filed a petition for a delay (The New York Times)
- Vote postponed on a registry of gay unions | Although none of the Suffolk County Legislature's 18 members voiced any reservations or criticism, they remain sharply divided over the issue, which failed to pass in previous years (The New York Times)
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