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April 14, 2005 Ruling - The Oregon Supreme Court's ruling voided the same sex marriage certificates issued by Multnomah county and registered with the state vital records office. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested that the Center for Health Statistics stop issuing certified copies of these marriage records. No other action related to the certificates will be taken until the Center gets further instructions from the DOJ.
Contact: Center for Health Statistics, 971-673-1180
2,968 same-sex marriages have been registered and the data have been analyzed. Fifty-six (56) marriage licenses are still being processed by the state vital records office or are being followed up by Multnomah County.Comparisons are made to 11,004 non same-sex (male/female) marriages that occurred statewide from January through June. Marriages among same-sex couples were more likely to be women. Between Male/Male (M/M) and Female/Female (F/F) unions, 2.4 times as many F/F unions occurred than M/M unions.As might be expected, since the option for marriage was not previously possible for couples of the same gender, these unions were more likely to be first marriages. First marriages for M/M was 72.8% and 56.6% for F/F unions; while for the Male/Female (M/F) unions, 49.4% were first marriages for both spouses. Previous marriages for both partners in a couple was more common for M/F unions; 28.5% of both spouses in M/F unions had previously been married, while for M/M 3.8% had both been married, and for F/F 7.7% of both spouses had previously been married.Also possibly due to the unavailability of marriage previously, couples in same-sex unions are on average older. Spouses in same-sex marriages are about 10 years older than male/female couples. The mean age for M/M unions was 43 for the 1st spouse listed on the marriage record and 41 for the 2nd spouse listed; for F/F unions the mean age was 42 for both spouses. For M/F unions the mean age of the groom was nearly 35 and for the bride it was 32. For first marriages among M/F unions, the mean age drops to approximately 28 and 26. For same-sex marriages there is no substantial difference in mean age between total and first marriage.Education levels completed are higher for same-sex couples. Among F/F marriages, in 78% of the unions at least one of the spouses had 4 years of college or more. Among M/M marriages that percentage was 72%, and among M/F marriages around 36% had 4 years of college or advanced degrees.Approximately 68% of both spouses in same-sex marriages were residents of Oregon; while in male/female marriages 86.5% of both spouses reside in Oregon. In M/F unions 6.2% of the marriages had one spouse that lived in Oregon and in 7.3% Oregon was the destination spot for their marriage (neither spouse resided in Oregon). In approximately 30% of same-sex marriages, both spouses lived in other states and Oregon was the destination site for their marriage.
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