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Oregon same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, federal judge says in employee discrimination case

A federal appeals judge found this week in a bias complaint that federal and Oregon bans on same-sex marriages violate the U.S. Constitution.

Harry Pregerson, a judge with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, made the declarations in deciding that the federal government had discriminated against Portland lawyer Alison "Tex" Clark based on her sexual orientation.

Clark, an assistant federal public defender, married photographer Anna Campbell last June 23 in British Columbia, where same-sex marriage is legal. On July 12, she applied for federal health care benefits for Campbell, but was denied and subsequently appealed.

It's not clear what effect Pregerson's order will have on same-sex marriage bans.

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