NOM asks full Ninth Circuit to allow it to appeal Ore. same-sex marriage ruling

NOM chairman John Eastman

NOM chairman John Eastman

The National Organization for Marriage has asked the full Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to allow it to appeal a federal court ruling that struck down Oregon‘s ban on same-sex marriage.

NOM chairman John Eastman

NOM chairman John Eastman

The request comes two weeks after a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court rejected NOM’s attempt to appeal the May 19 ruling, upholding the District Court’s ruling that it lacked standing to intervene in the case.

Several same-sex couples sued the state of Oregon last year arguing the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

The NOM sought to intervene after Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum refused to defend the ban and joined the couples in asking the court to throw it out.

On May 19, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane declared the ban unconstitutional, and same-sex couples in Oregon have been marrying ever since.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court denied NOM’s request to halt the marriages while it tried to gain standing to appeal.

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