Oregon County Delays Issuing Marriage Licenses

Benton County (search) commissioners voted Monday to postpone issuing marriage licenses to everyone — not just same-sex couples — until a court decision is made on whether gay marriages in Oregon are legal.

Benton County Commission Chairwoman Linda Modrell said the commission was respecting a request from Attorney General Hardy Myers (search).

"We ask for the public's patience with this temporary inconvenience," she said.

"It is in everyone's best interests to stand by and recognize that all citizens receive equal treatment from their government," she said.

Benton County voted last week to join Multnomah County (search) in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That was supposed to begin this coming Wednesday.

But Benton County has now decided to wait until a Multnomah County court issues a ruling on the legality of gay marriages.

Modrell said a ruling is expected before the end of April.