Same sex marriage arguments heard by federal judge

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Wed, April 23 2014 at 5:37 PM, Updated: Wed, April 23 2014 at 11:37 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- It's one of the biggest civil rights questions of our time and today the issue of same sex marriage moved in Oregon moved into a federal courtroom in Eugene. Could this be the beginning of the end for the same sex marriage ban in the state?

The case involved both gay and lesbian couples who argued they are being treated differently by state law since they can not marry like same sex couples. 

The federal constitution prohibits unequal treatment unless there is a compelling reason for it. One couple involved said they feel a responsibility to stand up for other gay couples who want to get married in Oregon.

"It's not just our family, our immediate family and our son. It's the children of all the community we represent in Oregon," Plaintiff Paul Rummel said.

District Judge Michael McShane denied a motion from the National

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Kassi Nelson

NBC5 News reporter Kassi Nelson was born and raised in Nebraska. She graduated from the journalism school at University of Nebraska Lincoln where she studied broadcasting.

She also studied philosophy in the Czech Republic. Kassi has visited nine other countries including Sochi, Russia, where she reported on the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Games.

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