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Supreme Court won't block state's same-sex marriage ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Wednesday, June 4, to reject an appeal of the mid-May federal court ruling that opened the door to same-sex marriage in Oregon.

The court let stand U.S. District Judge Michael McShane’s May 19 ruling that it was unconstitutional for the state to continue blocking same-sex couples from being married. The ruling set off several hours of celebrations and weddings across Oregon.

The National Organization for Marriage filed a May 27 request with Justice Anthony Kennedy asking that the full court block McShane’s ruling and stop same-sex marriages until the group’s appeal could be heard. The organization, which has about 100 members in Oregon, tried to intervene in the federal case on behalf of a county clerk, a person in the wedding industry and voters who supported 2004’s Measure 36, a constitutional amendment that made marriage in Oregon only between a man and a woman.

On May 14, McShane denied the group’s request to intervene. The national organization still has an appeal pending before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on that decision.