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Oregon will now recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states

Gay couples are still legally banned from getting married in Oregon, but, effective immediately, their marriages will be recognized in the state if they choose to get hitched elsewhere in the country.

In an interesting half-step toward marriage equality, Oregon's Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan issued a memo stating that all state agencies are required to recognize the unions of gay couples who wed outside the state.

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

The decision is based on a decision from the Oregon Department of Justice requiring the state to recognize all valid marriages performed in other states. 

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