Wyden: 'If Folks Don't Like Gay Marriage, They Simply Shouldn't Get One'

By Craig Millward | April 28, 2014 | 3:08 PM EDT

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - As a federal judge heard arguments on Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage last Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) called the ban "discrimination," adding, "If folks don't like gay marriage, they simply shouldn't get one."

"The legal questions, of course, are revolving around the matter of discrimination, I think it is discrimination. I'll just say from a policy standpoint, my position has long been that if folks don't like gay marriage, they simply shouldn't get one," Wyden said on KEZI in Eugene, Ore., last week.

Wyden was asked what he hoped the outcome was when the same-sex marriage ban was heard in front of a federal judge.

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane heard arguments, from those seeking to overturn Oregon's constitutional amendment, which limited marriage to one man and one woman. The measure was passed by the voters in 2004.

Wyden praised McShane, saying, "Well having urged the President to name the judge I think...he is a very thoughtful and objective judge."

According to KEZI, McShane only heard arguments from the side in favor of gay marriage, because the state has decided not to defend the ban. The National Organization for Marriage is seeking to argue in favor of the ban in a hearing set for May 14th.

Wyden made similar remarks at an Oregon United for Marriage rally last Tuesday in Portland, Ore.

Currently, gay marriage is allowed in 17 states and Washington D.C.

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