The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday
denied the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) request to put
a hold on a federal court's order striking down Oregon's ban on gay
On Monday, May 19, U.S. District Judge
Michael McShane declared Oregon's 2004 voter-approved constitutional
amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples invalid.
The state, which sided with plaintiffs
in the case, immediately implemented McShane's order, making Oregon
the 18th state to allow gay couples to marry.
McShane denied NOM's last minute
request to intervene in the case, and the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals in San Francisco denied NOM's request to stay proceedings in
the case or stay the ruling.
Last week, NOM asked Justice Anthony
Kennedy to stay McShane's ruling so it may pursue a motion before the
appellate court to intervene in the case.
“The application for stay presented
to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied,” the
court wrote without elaborating.
Oregon United for Marriage praised the
ruling: “Today's ruling means that nothing changes: love is still
the law in Oregon – and married same-sex couples are afforded the
respect and protections only marriage can provide.”
In its request, NOM argued that without
the ban many of its members in Oregon “will suffer particular
harm,” including “a county clerk and several members of the
wedding industry who will suffer material harm if the ruling is