The National Organization For Marriage asked the Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages in Oregon, as the group attempts to get an appeals court to let it defend the state's recently overturned ban. Since Oregon's government has declined to defend the ban, same-sex marriages in the state have been legal after a federal judge ruled against the ban in May. In an order issued today, the Supreme Court denied NOM's request for a stay on that ruling. The order was issued without comment.
On Tuesday, NOM told the Supreme Court that it should intervene in the Oregon case, just like the high court did in Utah, as the Oregonian reported. However, the situations are slightly different. In Utah, the state is actively appealing the ruling that temporarily legalized same-sex marriage there, and the stay, eventually granted by the Supreme Court, is in place pending a decision on that ruling from an appeals court. NOM, however, is appealing a federal court's decision that barred it from intervening in the case in the first place, so that it can then be allowed to appeal the lower court's ruling. That hasn't happened yet, if it will at all. As of now, no one with legal standing to appeal the ruling is doing it.
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