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BREAKING: Federal judge denies NOM’s attempt to delay oral arguments

Posted on April 22, 2014

NOM DeniedMoments ago, Judge Michael McShane denied the National Organization for Marriage’s attempt to delay tomorrow’s scheduled oral arguments in federal lawsuit challenging Oregon’s marriage ban.

Previously, no party had stepped up to defend the ban. But this morning, the D.C.-based NOM filed a motion requesting to intervene in the case, simultaneously urging the judge to delay Wednesday’s oral arguments as he considers the last-minute motion.

With Judge McShane’s ruling today, oral arguments will proceed as scheduled tomorrow afternoon at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene. However, the judge will consider NOM’s motion to intervene in the case and has scheduled oral arguments on that issue for May 14th. If the motion to intervene is accepted, Judge McShane would then schedule a second briefing schedule on summary judgement or move the case to trial.

We’re thrilled that the plaintiff couples will have their day in court tomorrow—and we know that as they take on our state’s harmful marriage ban, Oregonians from across the state will have their backs!

Join us tonight, on the eve of oral arguments, at one of seven vigils across the state and help show that Oregon is ready for the freedom to marry.