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. Kitzhaber which 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.
Read the story here.