In court filings, Ore. AG backs same-sex marriage

In court filings, Ore. AG backs same-sex marriage
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 15, 2012 photo, Oregon Attorney General candidate Ellen Rosenblum stands among supporters at her election headquarters after winning the primary election in Portland, Ore. As Rosenblum prepares to take over as Oregon's chief lawyer and prosecutor, she promises to bring a cautious and deliberative approach to the attorney general's office. That's a big contrast to the style of John Kroger, the hard-charging former Brooklyn mob prosecutor she's replacing. And she'll have some repair work to do in an office suffering from low morale following a string of ethical lapses and botched investigations. (AP File Photo/Don Ryan)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says she's adding Oregon's name to legal briefs in support of U.S. Supreme Court cases that seek to strike down restrictions on same-sex marriage.

Rosenblum noted in a statement Thursday that Oregon voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage. But, she said, the state's position in the Supreme Court cases "isn't about politics or popular opinion. It's about what's right."

Gov. John Kitzhaber lent his support to the statement.

Rosenblum said the friend-of-the court briefs deal with cases that challenge California's ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The law defines marriage as between a man and a woman in deciding who can receive a range of federal benefits for married couples.

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