John M. Becker

Desperate NOM Asks SCOTUS to Stop Oregon Marriages

Filed By John M. Becker | May 28, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, John Eastman, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, National Organization for Marriage, NOM, Oregon, same-sex marriage

finger-in-the-dike.jpgOnce again vainly attempting to stick its finger in the dike of history, the National Organization for Marriage Discrimination is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block Judge Michael McShane's decision striking down marriage discrimination in Oregon.

Calling the current state of affairs (i.e. marriage equality) an "ugly spectacle," NOM -- an out-of-state group -- wants the Court to halt same-gender marriages in Oregon until it can appeal an earlier court decision that blocked it from intervening in defense of the Beaver State's marriage ban.

The justice assigned to handle these questions coming out of the Ninth Circuit is none other than Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of the Supreme Court's three landmark gay rights decisions (Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, and U.S. v. Windsor). Kennedy could decide NOM's request on his own or refer it to the full court.

The group writes, via press release:

"The Supreme Court has made it abundantly clear that it does not want a profound social change such as redefining marriage to be made by trial judges without the Supreme Court itself deciding the issue," [NOM's John] Eastman said. "In Oregon, not only do we have a single trial court judge imposing his own opinion and invalidating the votes of the overwhelming majority of Oregon voters, but the case involves the state Attorney General refusing to even mount a defense of the people's decision. This should be very troubling to Justice Kennedy."

NOM represents tens of thousands of members including many in Oregon who will suffer particular harm if the ruling is allowed to stand, including a county clerk and several members of the wedding industry who will suffer material harm if the ruling is implemented.

"NOM believes it has a strong legal right to intervene in this case in order to mount a defense of Oregon's marriage amendment. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will allow us to defend the decision of Oregon's electorate to define marriage as one man and one woman," Eastman concluded.

Ummmm, earth to NOM:


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