Geiger v. Kitzhaber
On October 15, 2013, private lawyers filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two same-sex couples in Oregon challenging laws in Oregon that restrict the freedom to marry to different-sex couples.
The plaintiffs in the case are Deanna Geiger and Janine Nelson - who want to be able to legally marry in Oregon - and Robert Deuhmig and William Griesar, who were legally married in Vancouver and want the state of Oregon to respect their marriage.
On January 23, a judge consolidated this case with Rummel and West v. Kitzhaber, scheduling oral arguments for April 23, 2014.
Rummel and West v. Kitzhaber
On December 19, 2013, a federal lawsuit on behalf of two same-sex couples who wish to marry in Oregon was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Oregon, and volunteer counsel from the law firms of Johnson, Johnson & Schaller, PC and Perkins Coie, LLP. The lawsuit challenges a constitutional amendment in Oregon that bans same-sex couples from marrying, arguing that the amendment violates the United States Constitution.
The ACLU has stated that it plans to work collaboratively with the attorneys from the Geiger case and have the cases consolidated so that they can be heard jointly by the court in Oregon.
The plaintiffs in Rummel and West include Paul Rummell & Ben West and Lisa Chickadonz & Christine Tanner. West and Rummell have been together for seven years, and they serve as foster parents to a young boy. Chickadonz and Tanner have been together for nearly 30 years, have raised two children, and are an integral part of their church community. Chickadonz explains, "I was raised in a culture where marriage was a very important milestone. When you were lucky enough to fall in love with someone, you got married. I have loved Chris for half of my life and I want to marry her. It’s as simple as that."
On January 23, a judge consolidated this case with Geiger v. Kitzhaber, scheduling oral arguments for April 23, 2014.