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Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

Justice Anthony Kennedy Considering Oregon Marriage Stay Bid by Anti-Gay Group

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is considering an application from the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) –– formed specifically to oppose same-sex marriage advances –– to put a stop to weddings that began in Oregon on May 19. That’s when US District Judge Michael McShane ruled that the state’s ban […]

Oregon Marriage Victory Based on Court’s Conclusion No Rational Purpose Served by Ban

Oregon Marriage Victory Based on Court’s Conclusion No Rational Purpose Served by Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | US District Judge Michael McShane’s permanent injunction against Oregon’s statutory and constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and its recognition was based on his finding that the state has no rational basis for that policy. McShane decreed that his May 19 ruling “be effective immediately,” and couples began getting married the […]

Federal Court Strikes Down Oregon Marriage Ban; Weddings Set to Begin

Federal Court Strikes Down Oregon Marriage Ban; Weddings Set to Begin

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A federal judge in Portland has struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage in a ruling that will not be appealed by the state and Multnomah County –– the only parties with standing to do so. District Court Judge Michael McShane, in a May 19 ruling, held that the 2004 voter […]

No Stay of Tennessee Marriage Ruling; Oregon Declining to Defend Its Ban

No Stay of Tennessee Marriage Ruling; Oregon Declining to Defend Its Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a gutsy move, US District Judge Aleta A. Trauger has rejected a request by Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Haslam to stay her order that the state recognize the out-of-state same-sex marriages of three Tennessee couples while Haslam pursues an appeal. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals –– which already has […]