Though it still does not permit gay and lesbian couples to marry within the state, Oregon will recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) reported Thursday that the state’s Department of Justice decided on the change, and the new ruling takes effect immediately.
Matt Shelby of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services said, “Really what this does is, it asks all state agencies to treat a same-sex couple, that has been legally wed in another state, the same as they would treat any other married couple that is a legal marriage.”
According to the report, the state’s DOJ delivered this decision in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
A proposed ballot initiative could overturn Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage next year.