Judge Consolidates OR Gay-Marriage Suits

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Eugene has consolidated two lawsuits alleging Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.

Judge Michael McShane on Wednesday also set oral arguments for April 23.

Portland attorneys Lake Perriguey and Lea Ann Easton filed the first lawsuit in October, on behalf of two women who have been in a relationship for more than 30 years.

The American Civil Liberties Union and lawyers from two firms filed a lawsuit two months later on behalf of two same-sex couples.

Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states. Federal judges in Oklahoma and Utah recently struck down gay marriage bans as unconstitutional.

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