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Khalil Edwards and Zach Mohammed of Portland Black Pride and Communities of Color United for Marriage welcome supporters to the Melody Ballroom Monday which was reserved all day and night for same-sex weddings after a judge struck down Oregon’s ban on gay marriages.

Khalil Edwards and Zach Mohammed of Portland Black Pride and Communities of Color United for Marriage welcome supporters to the Melody Ballroom Monday which was reserved all day and night for same-sex weddings after a judge struck down Oregon’s ban on gay marriages.

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Same-sex couples take vows as marriage ban lifted

Same-sex couples raced to pick up marriage licenses and get married Monday after a federal judge struck down Oregon's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, saying it is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the 2004 ban unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex couples and ordered the state not to enforce it. State officials earlier refused to defend the constitutional ban in court.