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Court denies request to stay Oregon gay marriage

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 19, 2014 at 7:12 a.m. Updated May 19, 2014 at 4:18 p.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal appeals court's ruling has cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin immediately in Oregon if a judge's ruling allows it.

A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied a national group's request to block a federal judge's impending ruling that could strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane is expected to invalidate the voter-approved ban at noon. The state attorney general had refused to defend the ban in lawsuits brought by four same-sex couples.

The National Organization for Marriage earlier unsuccessfully sought to defend the ban on behalf of its Oregon members.

On Monday morning, the 9th Circuit panel denied the group's request for an emergency stay.

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djigoo says... May 19, 2014 at 8:20 p.m.

Listen to the bigots' heads exploding all across this big, beautiful country!

Sweetest sound ever.

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aimee says... May 20, 2014 at 12:54 a.m.

The idea of denying someone the right to marry whomever they choose is about to be dumped once and for all..!!! Such laws in the "the land of the free" is preposterous..!!!

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