Oregon county bans all marriages
Benton County, Ore., has added a new dimension to the roaring debate over same-sex marriages. According to Reuters, the county’s three commissioners voted on Monday to halt both gay and heterosexual marriages until Oregon “decides who can and who cannot wed.” County officials now tell couples who apply for marriage licenses to “go elsewhere until the gay marriage debate is settled,” Reuters reports. “It may seem odd,” Benton County Commissioner Linda Modrell told Reuters. But, “we need to treat everyone in our county fairly.” For more information, visit http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/West/03/23/marriage.ban.reut/index.html.