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This Is What Marriage Equality In Oregon Looks Like

Same-sex couples married in Oregon on Monday immediately after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on such marriages is unconstitutional.

A federal judge struck down Oregon’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples Monday, and with the state’s decision not to appeal the ruling, marriages began immediately after noon local time.

Julie Engbloom (left) and Laurie Brown (right) were married at the Melody Ballroom in Portland. They were the first same-sex couple to wed after the ruling, according to Oregon United for Marriage.

AP Photo/Steve Dykes

And here they are, embracing.

AP Photo/Steve Dykes

Jeff Salchenberg (left) and Paul Reinwand (right) kissed and embraced after they were married in Portland.

AP Photo/Steve Dykes

AP Photo/Steve Dykes

And here’s another couple, Julia Fraser (left) and Jessica Rohrbacher (right), during their marriage ceremony.

AP Photo/Steve Dykes

AP Photo/Steve Dykes

Many same-sex couples lined up outside the offices of county recorders prior to the ruling, hoping to be among the first to receive marriage licenses.

AP Photo/Steve Dykes

Paul Rummell and Benjamin West, one of the couples who brought the lawsuit challenging the ban, took a pedicab to a nearby county recorder to apply for their marriage license.

Plaintiff couple Paul & Ben, along w/ their son Jay, are on their way to apply for their marriage license now! #OR4M

— OR4Marriage (@Oregon United)

Here they are filling out the marriage license application.

ACLU plaintiffs Paul & Ben, with their son, applying for their marriage license. #outforfreedom #or4m

— ACLU_OR (@ACLU of Oregon)

And, then, they were finally married.

After defeating #OR's marriage ban in court, plaintiff couple Paul & Ben are now legally married! #OR4M #lgbt

— OR4Marriage (@Oregon United)

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