Stay denied on same-sex marriage registration in Oregon
SALEM, Ore. -- A state request to hold off on registering more than 3,000 same sex marriage licenses issued in Multnomah County was denied Friday by Oregon's Court of Appeals, setting the stage for a showdown in the state's highest court.
Kevin Neely, spokesman for Attorney General Hardy Myers, said the ruling could mean the state soon will have to begin officially registering the gay marriages licenses issued this spring in Oregon's largest county.
A Multnomah County judge had halted any future marriages while a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality is pending, but directed that the state officially register the licenses from ceremonies already performed.
Suit Challenges Virginia Sodomy Law
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
(Virginia Beach, Virginia) A lawsuit to be filed Monday in Virginia challenges the last vestige of sodomy laws. After the US Supreme Court ruled last year that laws against sodomy were unconstitutional, the state of Virginia dug in its heels. The state maintains that sodomy in the privacy of one's home is now legal, but seeking it in a public place is not.
With court papers that will be filed Monday in the Virginia Court of Appeals, Lambda Legal will appeal the conviction of a man who was charged with solicitation of sodomy.
"This sodomy law is dead, and that means you can't convict someone for attempting to violate it or talking about violating it; there's no law left to violate," said Greg Nevins, Senior Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office and Lambda Legal's lead attorney on the case.
"This was a rogue prosecution under a law that no longer exists."