Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon’s Gay Marriage Ban

Another victory!

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday struck down Oregon’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the ban unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and ordered the state not to enforce it. State officials earlier refused to defend the constitutional ban in court.

McShane joined judges in seven other states who have struck down gay marriage bans, though appeals are underway.

Oregon 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 McShane’s decision.

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The 25 Best Colleges And Universities For LGBT Students

Just going to punch out the list here and you can read the details on the BuzzFeed article. Each school listed on BuzzFeed has info about their LGBT group.

  1. Southern Oregon University
  2. University of Southern California
  3. Ithica College (NY)
  4. University of Illinois at Chicago
  5. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  6. University of Washington (Seattle)
  7. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  8. University of Maryland, College Park
  9. Washington State University
  10. Carleton College (MN)
  11. Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  12. Connecticut College
  13. Macalester College (MN)
  14. Oberlin College (OH)
  15. Stanford University (CA)
  16. Princeton University
  17. The Ohio State University
  18. University of California, Riverside
  19. University of California, Santa Cruz
  20. University of Michigan
  21. University of Minnesota – Duluth
  22. University of Oregon
  23. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
  24. Rutgers University (NJ)
  25. Portland State University (OR)

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Portland Trail Blazers 1st NBA team to support marriage equality

Trail Blazers logoI think I’m now a fan of the Portland Trail Blazers. 🙂 They are certainly living up to their name blazing a trail for the rest of the NBA.

In an era where the NBA appears most focused on increasing its market share both domestically and abroad, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that each franchise represents a community. For many of these teams — particularly those in smaller markets — responsibilities include not just winning games and rewarding fan loyalty, but also broadcasting the character of a city to the rest of the country and world. A basketball fan in Miami, for instance, may only come to know Milwaukee through his experience of the Bucks. Profit typically comes first for every team in the league, but that doesn’t mean that their civic duty is immaterial.

These factors factors help explain why, in rare cases, a team feels the need to make a political statement on behalf of its city and fans. During the 2010 NBA Playoffs, the Phoenix Suns spoke out against Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 bill, which effectively allowed law enforcement officials to stop anyone on the suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. In their view, it was important enough to support their Latino fans and make a statement on behalf of equality in Arizona.

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