PORTLAND, ORE. – The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday voided nearly 3,000 marriage licenses issued to gay and lesbian couples last year in Multnomah County, ruling that a single county did not have the authority to act on a statewide issue.
The court, in bolstering its conclusion, noted that Oregonians in November passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as strictly a heterosexual institution. Oregon was one of 11 states to pass such an amendment.
Conservative groups said the court ruling on top of the voter-approved amendment resolves the issue of same-sex marriage in the state.
"It’s over and done," said Tim Nashif, director of the Defense of Marriage Coalition. "Marriage has been protected in Oregon." [Source]
Count me as presently surprised that the Oregon Supreme Court, which has acted as judicial activists in the past, could not find a pretext on which to rule on the validity of the "marriage" licenses.