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NOM asks SCOTUS for stay of Oregon marriage ruling – Justice Kennedy delays decision, marriages continue

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy asked for briefs to be filed after NOM requested an emergency stay of a federal judge’s ruling striking down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. Kennedy, the Supreme Court Justice who supervises federal courts in Oregon, made his request on May 28. He gave NOM and the Gay and Lesbian couples who are plaintiffs in the original suit until 1:00 p.m. on June 2 to submit their briefs. Until Kennedy makes a decision on NOM’s request, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane’s decision remains in force, and Gay and Lesbian couples may continue to marry in Oregon. Both McShane and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected NOM’s petitions to intervene in the Oregon case. McShane ruled on May 19 that Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage violated the equal protection and due process rights of Gay and Lesbian couples. The State of Oregon did not defend the law,

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