Oregon same-sex marriage ban overturned

, Posted: Mon, May 19 2014 at 5:34 PM, Updated: Mon, May 19 2014 at 7:54 PM

Ashland, Ore -- Oregon is now the 18th state to allow same sex marriages. A federal judge struck down a ban on same sex marriages in the state on Monday.

"It's unconstitutional, we can get married!" shouted Gina Duquenne.

Excitement and joy spread throughout Ashland's plaza as news was released.

"We've waited so long and people have fought so hard for it, it's the way should be," said same sex marriage supporter Julia Roupp.

It was 2004 when 57% of Oregon voters said no to same sex marriage, declaring that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. 

"The difference between 10 years ago and now is amazing, everyone has been incredibly supportive, we are just thrilled to be able to play a part in this very important fight," said Christine Tanner.

Tanner and partner Lisa Chickadonz were one of four couples who challenged the state amendment as federally unconstitutional last fall.

In February of this year, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum told a federal judge that she would not defend the state's ban on gay marriage.

And on Monday, Judge Michael McShane said a ban was unconstitutional. 

Moments after the ruling, lines of couples packed the outside of courthouses across the state to pick up marriage licenses.

Judge McShane did not issue a stay meaning marriages between same-sex couples can begin immediately.

The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, said it has filed a motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asking judges to block McShane's ruling.

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