UO joins others in legal filing about same-sex marriage

The University of Oregon joined other universities and businesses in a filing in federal district court today supporting plaintiffs seeking to overturn Oregon’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Oregon law prohibits marriage between same-sex individuals and does not recognize same-sex marriages under the laws of other states. 

“As one of Lane County’s largest employers, the UO signed onto the amicus brief because the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is inconsistent with the university’s commitments to diversity and inclusion,” said UO President Michael Gottfredson. 

The UO joins Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon State University, Portland State University and businesses including Columbia Sportswear Company, Intel, Medford Fabrication, Nike, Powell’s Books and other regional employers in the effort. 

The brief requests the court to “join the growing number of courts that have struck down as unconstitutional laws like Oregon’s marriage exclusion so that Oregon no longer discriminates against individuals based on sexual orientation.”

Oral arguments in the case are scheduled April 23 in Eugene. 

-- Office of Public Affairs Communications