Today, at 1:30 P.M. Pacific Time (4:30 P.M. Eastern), U.S. District Judge Michael McShane will hear oral arguments in Geiger/Rummell v. Kitzhaber, a lawsuit challenging Oregon's 2004 marriage discrimination amendment.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced in February that she will not defend the ban, because she says it "cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review." No one has stepped up to defend the amendment, meaning that today's challenge will go before Judge McShane unopposed.
On Monday, the National Organization for Marriage
Discrimination moved to intervene in the case and delay today's arguments. (Some viewed NOM's bid as an attempt to drag out the court proceedings long enough to force a ballot fight in November.)
Judge McShane denied their request to delay the proceedings yesterday. He has reserved judgment on NOM's bid to intervene and will hear arguments on that issue on May 14, but today's hearing will proceed as scheduled.
An analysis from the Oregonian breaking down potential outcomes from this lawsuit is after the jump.