The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state’s gay marriage license was invalid after the state failed to issue a new one, effectively ending a three-year battle between the state and its gay community.
The court ruled that Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and the Oregon Board of Equalization did not meet the state constitution’s requirement that they conduct the new state marriage license application process within three years.
The court said Rosenblums lawyers failed to provide adequate evidence to support their contention that they should be required to conduct the application process.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether to take up the matter for review by the state Supreme Court.
The decision means that Oregon is set to lose its last two gay marriage licenses in the state.
The state already had lost its last gay marriage for a couple in 2017.
The marriage license dispute is the latest in a string of battles over gay marriage that has raged across the nation over the past year.
Oregon’s gay rights supporters are calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case, saying that Oregon does not have the constitutional right to discriminate against gays.
The ruling could set a precedent for other states in which gay marriage is legal.