Same-sex marriage in Oregon

Marriage is legal for all couples in Oregon.

Plaintiffs Deanna Geiger and Jean Nelson celebrate the ruling.Plaintiffs Deanna Geiger and Jean Nelson celebrate the ruling.

On May 19, 2014, a U.S. District Court judge made marriage legal for all couples in the state by overturning Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Photo by S. MiRK, www.flickr.com/photos/mirkmirk/14224792615

Portland has a long history as an open, welcoming city with a vibrant LGBT community. On May 19, 2014, a U.S. District Court judge made marriage legal for all couples in the state after overturning Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Oregon district attorney declined to defend the law when it was challenged in a federal lawsuit.

This decision went into effect immediately. Same-sex couples can legally marry anywhere in the state or in neighboring Washington, where gay marriage was legalized by voters through a 2012 state ballot measure. Find out more about marriage licenses in the various counties of the Portland metro area:

Oregon United for Marriage offers a helpful FAQ about getting married in Oregon.

Find additional resources on our LGBT Resources page. Travel Portland’s online directory includes listings for wedding vendors like florists, caterers, photographers and event venues, and we have a list of LGBT wedding hotel packages.

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