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Marriage is on in Oregon

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled on May 19 that Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, opening the way for Gay and Lesbian couples to marry. Couples were reportedly lining up at county courthouses as early as 5 a.m. in anticipation of McShane’s ruling, and began to apply for marriage licenses as soon as it was announced. McShane did not stay his decision to allow for an appeal, and state officials say they agree that the law is unconstitutional. Only hours before McShane announced his decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a petition from NOM to intervene in the case and block McShane from ruling. ‘Appellant’s emergency motion to stay district court proceedings pending is denied… The briefing schedule established previously remains in effect,’ the Ninth Circuit said in a court order. The appellate court gave NOM until August

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