Supreme Court refuses to block Oregon same-sex marriage

, Posted: Wed, June 4 2014 at 2:37 PM, Updated: Wed, June 4 2014 at 2:51 PM

Supreme Court refuses to block Oregon same-sex marriage

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected the National Organization for Marriage’s latest attempt to exclude gay and lesbian couples from marriage in Oregon.

“The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied,” according to the June 4 U.S. Supreme Court one-line order.

“Love is the law in Oregon,” said Amy Ruiz, deputy campaign manager for Oregon United for Marriage. “Try as they might, the opposition cannot take that away.”

Oregonians won the freedom to marry on May 19 when U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane in Eugene ruled that excluding same-sex couples from marriage in Oregon is unconstitutional. Judge McShane also denied the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) motion to intervene in the case.

NOM has appealed the denial of their motion for intervention, and that appeal is still pending in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Basic Rights Oregon and the ACLU of Oregon will continue to defend marriage equality in Oregon.

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