Judges make laws: Federal judge strikes down ban on same-sex marriage in Oregon: Weddings immediately follow historic decision

Julia Fraser, left, and Jessica Rohrbacher get married by Holly Pruett at the Melody Ballroom in Portland on Monday

A federal judge threw out Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban Monday, marking the 13th legal victory for gay marriage advocates since the U.S. Supreme Court last year overturned part of a federal ban.

State officials earlier refused to defend Oregon’s voter-approved ban and said they wouldn’t appeal.

The National Organization for Marriage sought to intervene, but both U.S. District Judge Michael McShane in Eugene and a federal appeals court rejected its attempts to argue in favor of the ban.

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