Ninth rejects NOM’s Oregon stay request

Timothy Kincaid

May 19th, 2014

Last week, Judge McShane denied the effort by the National Organization for Marriage to intervene in the trial over that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. They appealed that decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, along with a request for an emergency stay on Judge McShane’s decision, should it be that the ban is unconstitutional.

Today the Ninth gave their reply: “Appellant’s emergency motion to stay district court proceedings pending appeal is denied.”

This has not been NOM’s happy day.


May 19th, 2014

NOM clearly has a problem with state’s where the largest city is “Portland.”


May 19th, 2014

Speaking of Oregon, I see “Restored Hope Network” will be having its 2014 convention in late June. I’m wondering if BTB has any plans to monitor/cover this event–I for one would be very interested to learn about the current state/plans/hijinx of this foul organization. Thanks.

Bose in St. Peter MN

May 19th, 2014

I’m actually happy for the (unknown) Oregon defendants who didn’t get sucked in by NOM on this. NOM would have been happy to squander their reputations for them and walk away; instead it was humiliated by Judge McShane, when he noted that NOM had not even attempted to submit their identities under seal.

Eric Payne

May 20th, 2014

If NOM had been allowed, here, to intervene on behalf of unnamed persons, it would have been a replay of the Prop 8 SCOTUS ruling on “standing.”

Paul Douglas

May 20th, 2014

For NOM, not allowing same-gender marriage was really about trying to preserve the symbol of marriage inequality. You could cross the border in Washington or California & get married, and as soon as you came back to Oregon, the state recognized it as a legitimate marriage. We did it 14 months ago.

For über christianists its all about right appearance, right belief and right doctrine, no matter the collateral damage.
And yes, the Restored “Hope” Network is coming to Portland. Jason Thompson is our local Andy Comiskey wannabe and of course the ever delightful Anne Paulk is always here for a good scold. Should be fun.


May 21st, 2014

Paul, you’ve hit it on the head. Whenever we decried these laws as blocking us from the person we loved, the response was “We haven’t made your relationship illegal. You can still love who you want.” And while I am sure some would actually try to make same-sex relationships illegal, this response echos your sentiment – it is all about appearances, not reality. Gays are OK, so long as they aren’t public about their relationships. Gays are OK, as long as they can’t legally get married. Gays are OK, so long as they are hiding in the closet, where I don’t have to acknowledge they exist. It is all about appearances.

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