Gay marriage battlegrounds: 9 states to watch
In the states, the battle over gay marriage is far from over. As many as eight more could move to legalize same-sex marriage over the next three years. One may be moving toward a stronger defense of traditional marriage. Here's the state-by-state rundown.
[Updated Oct. 22, 2013.] Oregon’s constitution bans same-sex marriage, but gay rights advocates have submitted paperwork for a referendum in November 2014. They need 116,000 signatures to get on the ballot. Oregon's constitutional ban has been in place since 2004.
On Oct. 16, Oregon's Department of Justice issued a legal opinion stating that state agencies must recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state. Such recognition can apply to a couple's tax status and to benefits programs, including those providing health insurance.
A survey by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) in December 2012 found that 54 percent of Oregonians favor the right to same-sex marriage versus 40 percent who oppose it.