Group seeks stay in Oregon gay marriage case

By JONATHAN J. COOPERAssociated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A national group that sought to defend Oregon's gay marriage ban is taking its case to a federal appeals court, just hours before a judge is expected to strike down the ban.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane says he'll rule on the voter-approved ban at noon.

Both sides in the lawsuit over the ban have asked that it be found unconstitutional. And gay couples are poised to tie the knot immediately if allowed by McShane's decision.

But on Monday morning, the National Organization for Marriage filed an emergency appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The group is asking for a stay of a ruling that prohibited it from defending the state's ban.

Four gay and lesbian couples brought the lawsuit, arguing Oregon's marriage laws unconstitutionally discriminate against same-sex couples.

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