Judge Strikes Down Oregon Gay Marriage Ban
"What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." -(Genesis 3:13)
In this post modern society, it's looking more and more these days looks like the inevitable loss of one man and one woman in holy matrimony is going the way of the 8-tracks and leisure suits.
But if you think this began with the LGBT movement and the constant bombardment by the mainstream media giving only one lop-sided view of the argument, then you have missed quite a bit.
No, the story of the embrace of gay marriage, gay adoption, bisexuality and transsexuals began, like all attacks of the enemy, with cunning subtlety that gave a wink and a nod to permissive attitudes towards sex outside of marriage and fidelity itself.
If you are as racist and homophobic as I am to actually believe that "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:27), congratulations for not bowing down to the onslaught of hell. As the serpent beguiled Eve, he continues to beguile this old world by undermining and attacking the veracity of God's Word.
"Hath God said?", the enemy provokes. "Would He really say something as mean spirited as not to have sex outside of marriage? Is He really that big of a cosmic killjoy", Satan still whispers today.
But God has spoken.
He does not stutter.
Still. In His Grace he provides to those beguiled by the Serpent.
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them."
For the first time, death entered into God's once perfect world, and God showed us in a word picture the necessary blood sacrifice that sin would require to atone for sin.
He shed then, the blood of an animal for atonement.
But in the fulness of time,
He shed the blood of His only Son
for the sins of all those who would simply believe.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
A federal judge has struck down Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, saying it is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane threw out the voter-approved ban Monday.
State officials have said they'd be prepared to carry out same-sex marriages almost immediately, and couples lined up outside the county clerk's office in Portland in anticipation of the decision.
Four gay and lesbian couples brought suit arguing Oregon's marriage laws unconstitutionally discriminate against same-sex couples and exclude them from a fundamental right.
State officials refused to defend the ban, and McShane earlier denied a request by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene on behalf of its Oregon members.
An appeals court Monday morning refused the group's request for an emergency stay of McShane's decision.
A federal judge was expected to make Oregon the latest state to allow gay marriage Monday after state officials refused to defend its constitutional ban in court.
Gay couples were poised to tie the knot immediately after a federal appeals court denied a last-minute request to block the judge's impending ruling that could strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
Officials in Oregon's largest county, Multnomah, said they'll begin issuing marriage licenses immediately if U.S. District Judge Michael McShane's decision allows it. McShane hasn't signaled how he'll rule, but both sides in the case have asked that the voter-approved ban be found unconstitutional.
The judge last week denied a request by the National Organization for Marriage to defend the law on behalf of its Oregon members. On Monday morning, the group appealed that denial to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking an emergency stay of the decision.
But the appellate court quickly denied the group's request, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately if a McShane's ruling allows it.
In Portland, couples lined up outside the county clerk's office in anticipation of a favorable decision.
Laurie Brown and Julie Engbloom arrived early Monday at the Multnomah County Building to form the line for marriage licenses. The two have been a couple for 10 years. Engbloom proposed in April, when they celebrated their anniversary by climbing Smith Rock in Central Oregon.
"We always knew we wanted to spend our whole life together," Brown said. "This opportunity has come, it feels right, everything has fallen into place."
Seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow gay marriage. Federal or state judges in Idaho, Oklahoma, Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Arkansas recently have found state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional. Judges also have ordered Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
But opposition remains stiff in many places. Critics point out that most states still do not allow gay marriage and that in most that do, it was the work of courts or legislatures, not the people.
Four gay and lesbian couples brought the Oregon cases, arguing the state's marriage laws unconstitutionally discriminate against them and exclude them from a fundamental right to marriage.
In refusing to defend the ban, Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said there were no legal arguments that could support it in light of decisions last year by the U.S. Supreme Court. She sided with the couples, asking the judge to overturn the ban.