PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal appeals court’s ruling has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in Oregon if a judge’s ruling allows it.
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied a national group’s request to block a federal judge’s impending ruling that could strike down the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane is expected to invalidate the voter-approved ban at noon. The state attorney general had refused to defend the ban in lawsuits brought by four same-sex couples.
On Monday morning, the 9th Circuit panel denied the group’s request for an emergency stay.
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