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Oregon will recognize out-of-state gay marriages

The state of Oregon will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed out of state.

The announcement was made in a memo from Oregon Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan based on his review of an opinion from the state Department of Justice, according to the Willamette Week newspaper.

Jordan said, "Oregon agencies must recognize all out-of-state marriages for the purposes of administering state programs. That includes legal, same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries."

The DOJ opinion does not deal with the legality of same-sex couples marrying in Oregon.

Gay couples can marry in neighboring states of California and Washington, 11 other states and the District of Columbia.

On Oct. 16, two same-sex couples sued for marriage rights in the state.

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