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Judge Won't Rule Weds., But Hearing On Same-Sex Ban Still Scheduled


More than 150 supporters turned out for a vigil for same-sex marriage equality in Eugene in advance of the court hearing.

More than 150 supporters turned out for a vigil for same-sex marriage equality in Eugene in advance of the court hearing.

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U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said Tuesday that he will not rule on the legality of Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban until at least May 14, after a group supporting the ban filed a request to delay Wednesday’s hearing and to intervene.

Judge McShane denied the National Organization for Marriage’s request to delay arguments against Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban, which are still scheduled for Wednesday in Eugene.

Plaintiffs are permitted to speak at tomorrow’s hearing, but it’s unclear if defendants will be allowed to address the court. Only recently, defenders of the ban have spoken up — as Northwest News Network’s Chris Lehman reported, NOM, based in Washington, D.C., filed its request late Monday night.

“We are acting to protect the interests of our members in Oregon who support traditional marriage, including government officials, voters and those in the wedding industry, who will be directly impacted by this collusive lawsuit which the state has refused to defend.” NOM President Brian Brown said in a press release.

Shortly after the judge’s decision, Oregon United tweeted the news to its followers:

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