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Oregon Leaders Praise Obama's New Stance On Same-Sex Marriage

Some Oregon leaders are saluting President Obama's statement in support of gay marriage. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley issued a statement calling gay marriage an issue of fundamental fairness.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, also a Democrat, said she was not surprised by the announcement, but thought the President made the right call.

While the President's announcement did not include any suggestion of Congressional action to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, Bonamici wasn't sure whether Congress should act on the issue in the near future.

"I'd have to think about that. I know that many people believe it should be done state-by-state. I certainly support the repeal of DOMA, though," says Bonamici.

Bonamici said she believes Oregon is as divided as the rest of the country on gay marriage.

The state's constitution limits marriage to unions of one man and one woman, due to Measure 36, passed by voters in 2004. Some activists have considered trying to change the law, but no immediate plans are afoot.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.