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Kennedy asks for briefs on NOM request to halt same-sex marriage in Oregon

Kennedy asks for briefs on NOM request to halt same-sex marriage in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — A U.S. Supreme Court justice is asking for more information before any ruling on an effort by the National Organization for Marriage to halt same-sex marriages in Oregon.

The Oregonian reports that Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday asked that briefs be filed by Monday from the parties in the two lawsuits that led to U.S. District Judge Michael McShane’s May 19 ruling that allowed gays and lesbians to marry in Oregon.

Kennedy hears emergency appeals from the region that includes Oregon.

The National Organization for Marriage opposes gay marriage. It filed its request for a stay on Tuesday.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum declined to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban, saying she agreed with the plaintiffs that the ban violated the federal constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples.

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