Judge says he'll issue decision Monday on Oregon's same-sex marriage ban

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Supporters of same-sex marriage hold photos of themselves and their family members or partners on the steps of the Wayne L Morse U.S. Courthouse Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Eugene, Ore. A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday about whether a national group can defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage because the state's attorney general has refused to do so. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

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By NIGEL DUARA and JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge says he'll issue a decision next week on a constitutional challenge to Oregon's same-sex marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane has notified attorneys that he'll publish his decision at noon Monday.

Four gay and lesbian couples brought suit arguing Oregon's marriage laws unconstitutionally discriminate against same-sex couples. Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says the ban is legally indefensible and refused to offer arguments supporting it.

State officials have said same-sex marriages could begin almost immediately after a decision.

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