Lake Perriguey first began working on the lead lawsuit that brought marriage equality to Oregon in July 2013. After deciding to bring the case, Lake found plaintiffs who were willing advance their interests in court, despite significant hostility from local and national gay and lesbian organizations who wanted to put the question of gay and lesbian civil rights to an expensive popular vote.
Lake is the lead lawyer in the landmark case Geiger v. Kitzhaberwhich is the first federal case in the United States to achieve same-gender marriage rights without a stay of the decision by a higher court. For the first time in Oregon’s history, gay and lesbian people are equal under the law.
After the federal judge struck down Oregon’s Discriminatory Marriage Laws on May 19, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stop gay marriages. The ruling was in response to a request to Justice Kennedy from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the hate group fixated on the lives of gay and lesbian people and determined to interfere with their legal rights.
Judge McShane’s May 19th ruling made Oregon the 18th state – plus the District of Columbia – to recognize and affirm gay and lesbian marriage rights. This decision removes the last discriminatory law in the State of Oregon.
Plaintiffs file response to Supreme Wedding Crashers — National Organization (Against) Marriage (NOM) — application to stop marriages in Oregon. NOM came late to the party, and when they got there, all they wanted to do was crash it. Now that it’s over, and NOM was kicked to the curb, NOM wants a redo.
On May 14, 2014, a lawyer for the anti-equality political action group, National Organization against Marriage, made arguments before Judge Michael McShane seeking to intervene into the lawsuit long after the briefing had closed. NOM’s lawyers made the claim that three anonymous members had standing to intervene in the case. Judge McShane ruled that NOM did not have standing.
State of Oregon files supplementary authority referencing the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Schuette, which affirmed voter’s rights in passing a law aimed at reducing discrimination in the application of affirmative action policies. The State of Oregon recognizes that this recent US Supreme Court opinion is not a license for a moral majority to trammel on the constitutional rights of its fellow citizens through a vote.
Our response in Opposition to The National Organization for Marriage aka National Organization for Hetero Marriage Only (#NOHOMO) 11the hour effort to delay equality and justice for gay and lesbian couples seeking the freedom to choose to marry…or not….and seeking equal protection under the law.