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Geiger v. Kitzhaber: Final Amended Memorandum in Support of Summary Judgment 6:13-cv-01834-MC

Geiger v. Kitzhaber: Final Amended Memorandum in Support of Summary Judgment 6:13-cv-01834-MC

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Lake Perriguey and Lea Ann Easton
Oregon Gay Marriage

Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs Deanna Geiger, Janine Nelson, Robert Duehmig, and William Griesar ... Motion for Summary Judgment that Oregon's ban on gay marriage and limits on marriage equality violate the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution Fundamental Due Process and Equal Protection
Lake Perriguey and Lea Ann Easton
Oregon Gay Marriage

Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs Deanna Geiger, Janine Nelson, Robert Duehmig, and William Griesar ... Motion for Summary Judgment that Oregon's ban on gay marriage and limits on marriage equality violate the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution Fundamental Due Process and Equal Protection

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Plaintiffs’ First Amended Memorandum in Support
 of Motion for Summary Judgment Lake James H. Perriguey, OSB No. 983213 lake@law-works.com LAW WORKS
LLC
 1906 SW Madison Street Portland, OR 97205-1718 Telephone: (503) 227-1928 Facsimile: (503) 334-2340 Lea Ann Easton, OSB No. 881413 leaston@dorsayindianlaw.com DORSAY & EASTON
LLP
 1 SW Columbia Street, Suite 440 Portland, OR 97258 Telephone: (503) 790-9060 Facsimile: (503) 790-9068 Attorneys for Plaintiffs Geiger, Nelson, Duehmig and Griesar UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF OREGON EUGENE DIVISION
DEANNA L. GEIGER
and
 JANINE M. NELSON, ROBERT DUEHMIG
and
 WILLIAM GRIESAR 
, Plaintiffs, v.
JOHN KITZHABER 
, in his official capacity as Governor of Oregon,
ELLEN ROSENBLUM
, in her official capacity as Attorney General of Oregon,
JENNIFER 
 
WOODWARD
, in her official capacity as State Registrar, Center for Health Statistics, Oregon Health Authority, and
RANDY
 
WALRUFF
, in his official capacity as Multnomah County Assessor, Defendants.  _____________________________________ Case No.: 6:13-cv-01834-MC (Lead Case) PLAINTIFFS GEIGER, NELSON,
DUEHMIG AND GRIESAR’S
 FIRST AMENDED MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
 
Plaintiffs’ First Amended Memorandum in Support
 of Motion for Summary Judgment
PAUL RUMMELL
 and
BENJAMIN WEST; LISA CHICKADONZ
and
CHRISTINE TANNER; BASIC RIGHTS EDUCATION FUND
, Plaintiffs, v.
JOHN KITZHABER 
, in his official capacity as Governor of Oregon,
ELLEN ROSENBLUM
, in her official capacity as Attorney General of Oregon,
JENNIFER 
 
WOODWARD
, in her official capacity as State Registrar, Center for Health Statistics, Oregon Health Authority, and
RANDY
 
WALRUFF
, in his official capacity as Multnomah County Assessor, Defendants. Case No. 6:13-cv-02256-TC
 
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Plaintiffs’ First Amended Memorandum in Support of 
 Motion for Summary Judgment
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION ...............................................................................................................1 STATEMENT OF FACTS ..................................................................................................2 I. THE PLAINTIFFS...................................................................................................2 II. THE DEFENDANTS...............................................................................................5 III.
OREGON’S MARRIAGE LAWS
 ...........................................................................7 A. Oregon Constitution Article 15, § 5a ..............................................................7 B.
Oregon’s
Marriage Statutes ............................................................................8 C. Oregon Domestic Partnership Statute .............................................................9 SUMMARY JUDGMENT STANDARD .........................................................................10 ARGUMENT .....................................................................................................................10 I.
OREGON’S MARRIAGE LAWS VIOLATE
 DUE PROCESS BECAUSE THEY INFRINGE ON EACH
PLAINTIFF’S FUNDAM
ENTAL RIGHT TO MARRY A PERSON OF HIS OR HER CHOICE .........................................11 A. Marriage is a Fundamental Right Protected Under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment ...........................................................12 1. U
nited States Supreme Court’s Jurisprudence Recognizes
Marriage As A Fundamental Right ..........................................................12 2. The Right Is Not Dependent On Gender .................................................14 II. O
REGON’S
 MARRIAGE LAWS DO NOT SURVIVE STRICT SCRUTINY; OREGON OFFERS NO REASON TO EXCLUDE GAY AND LESBIAN COUPLES FROM THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO MARRY...........................................................................................................17 III.
OREGON’S MARRIAGE LAWS ALSO VIOLATE THE EQUAL
 PROTECTION CLAUSE OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT .................20 A. Excluding Gays and Lesbians from a Fundamental Right the Government Offers to Heterosexuals Violates the Equal Protection Clause ..........................................................................................21

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