Target: Oregon Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum
Goal: Commend Oregon’s Attorney General for not defending ban on gay marriage
In November of 2004, over fifty percent of Oregon voters agreed to a same-sex marriage ban. Hardy Myers, the Attorney General of Oregon at the time, also agreed that marriage licenses should be between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court then voided all of the same-sex marriage licenses that were issued. A decade later, Oregon’s current Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has abandoned her constitutional duty and chosen not to defend the same-sex marriage ban.
Rosenblum has joined other Democratic Attorney Generals in at least five other states who have also declared that they will not be defending state bans on same-sex marriage. Their decisions to go against the ban are a part of a greater national debate. Many Conservatives say that Rosenblum and the other Attorney Generals who won’t defend the ban have abdicated their duties. As an Attorney General, Rosenblum had taken an oath that she would enforce all laws, not just the ones that she agrees with. Rosenblum stated that although she personally supports same-sex marriages, her opinions had not factored into the decision.
Due to an evolving political landscape and changing perspectives, many states including Oregon have changed their course and have gone against same-sex marriage bans. It has been ten years since Oregon’s gay marriage ban and Ellen Rosenblum recognizes that the times are changing. Despite her duties to enforce all laws no matter what, she has declared that she would not defend the gay marriage ban that was enacted by the people of Oregon. Sign this petition to commend Rosenblum’s decision to oppose the gay marriage ban.
Dear Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum,
I would like to thank you for opposing the ban against same-sex marriages in Oregon, despite your duties to enforce all laws. I also find it admirable that although you are a supporter of gay marriages, you did not let your personal opinions factor into the final decision.
I strongly believe that people should be allowed to marry whoever they want, regardless of sexual orientation or gender. Your decision to oppose the ban that was enacted by the people of Oregon in 2004 has given me affirmation that changes are indeed happening and that same-sex couples are being supported by people with political influence and importance who are willing to abdicate their duties in order for them to be given the rights that they deserve.
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