John M. Becker

BREAKING: Supremes Refuse to Halt Marriage in Oregon

Filed By John M. Becker | June 04, 2014 4:50 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, Oregon, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court has just blocked a last-ditch attempt by the National Organization for Marriage Discrimination to stop same-sex marriages in Oregon.

Calling marriage equality in Oregon an "ugly spectacle," NOM had asked the Court block Judge Michael McShane's decision striking down the state's marriage discrimination amendment until it could appeal an earlier court decision that blocked it from intervening in defense of the Beaver State's marriage ban.

NOM appealed directly to Justice Anthony Kennedy, the justice assigned to handle such questions in the Ninth Circuit. Kennedy referred the matter to the full court, which issued a one-sentence denial today:


As BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner notes, while today's order ends NOM's attempt to secure a stay of McShane's marriage equality ruling, the group's appeal of the earlier denial to intervene is still pending.

Hundreds of same-sex couples
have tied the knot in Oregon during the first two weeks of marriage equality.

Image via BuzzFeed.

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