Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge in Oregon is ready to hear arguments today about the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, but no one will be in court to support it. Four gay and lesbian couples have filed suit arguing the ban is unconstitutional. But Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is refusing to defend the ban. Judge Michael McShane says he won’t rule on the constitutionality of the same-sex marriage ban until he decides on a request by the National Organization for Marriage to defend it.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Another lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland by a man who says he was one of dozens of boys sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s and 1970s. The 52-year-old man says he was molested by Maurice Grammond when the priest was assigned to a church in Seaside. The archdiocese has paid nearly $40 million to dozens of victims of Grammond who died in 2002.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Police say a skinny robber wearing bright colors and brandishing a syringe he claimed was “full of AIDS” robbed an ice cream shop last night in downtown Portland. Sgt. Pete Simpson says the man described as being in his 20s left the Baskin Robbins on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland police detectives say a man fatally shot by an officer last month had been stalking young women. Grand jury transcripts say Kelly Swoboda wrote notes to himself about 17 women. He rated the women and marked whether they were alone. His van contained ropes, zip ties and pornographic magazines featuring teenage girls.
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