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US judge to hear arguments in Oregon same-sex marriage case, but state isn't defending its ban

Plaintiffs Ben West, left, and Paul Rummell walk hand-in-hand in to the federal courthouse where a federal judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments in two cases challenging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
April 22, 2014 - 10:39 PM

SALEM, Ore. - A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments about the state's voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to support it.

Four gay and lesbian couples have filed suit arguing the ban is unconstitutional because it serves no legitimate government interest. But Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is refusing to defend the ban. That means nobody will be defending it before the judge Wednesday.

Judge Michael McShane says he won't rule on the constitutionality of the same-sex marriage ban until he decides on a request by the National Organization for Marriage to defend it. If he decides the group has legal standing, he says he'll hold new oral arguments.

In other states, defenders of gay marriage bans have argued that marriage is intended to create a stable family unit from relationships that can result in procreation.

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