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Oregon Gay Marriage
Fri May 30, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Could Examine Oregon Gay Marriage Case
The issue of whether gay marriage is legal in Oregon may not be settled after all. The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to issue a stay on a federal judge’s recent ruling that overturned Oregon's same-sex marriage ban. Supporters of gay marriage have until Monday to submit briefs in the case.
On May 19, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane threw out Oregon's decade-old ban on gay marriage. Same-sex couples started getting married the same day. The National Organization For Marriage is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put that ruling on hold while the group pursues its attempts to intervene in the case.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy asked attorneys on both sides of the issue to submit arguments on whether the court should issue a stay. Carl Tobias is a law professor at the University of Richmond who's been closely watching same-sex marriage cases nationally. He says Justice Kennedy could decide on his own whether or not to issue a stay.
"Or he may refer it over to all the justices, all nine of them, and I think rule pretty quickly,” said Tobias. “But we'll see."
Gay rights advocates called the National Organization For Marriage's effort a last-ditch attempt to block same-sex marriage in Oregon.
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