EUGENE, Ore. — A federal judge could decide whether or not to allow an anti-gay group to defend Oregon’s ban on gay marriage, Wednesday.
Judge Michael McShane will hear arguments from the National Organization for Marriage at the federal courthouse in Eugene. The group will ask the judge to let them defend the voter-approved ban on gay marriage.
This comes after four same-sex couples filed suit in April, asking the judge to declare the ban unconstitutional. It was a one-sided hearing because Oregon’s attorney general Ellen Rosenblum declined to defend the law.
That’s why the National Organization of Marriage filed a motion to defend the measure on the state’s behalf. On Wednesday, the judge could decide whether the group should be allowed to intervene.
In the United States, 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. The latest states to overturn a ban on gay marriage are Arkansas and Idaho.
The chairman for the National Organization of Marriage, John Eastman, says the group will likely appeal if the judge rules they cannot intervene in the case.