Washington, DC – The National Organization for Marriage is reacting to Wednesday’s ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it cannot intervene in the court case challenging Oregon’s ban on same sex marriage.
NOM had tried to get involved as a federal judge in Eugene considered the case in May. He ruled NOM could not get involved and went on to strike down the ban. NOM then appealed to the 9th Circuit.
NOM has issued a statement that reads “we are of course disappointed with the Ninth Circuit’s decision today. The Ninth Circuit did not reach the appeal of the denial of motion to intervene, holding instead that even if NOM had been allowed to intervene on behalf of its members ( including Oregon voters, wedding service providers, and a county clerk), it had no standing to appeal the judgment below even though the elected officials of the state refused to provide any defense of the marriage amendment adopted by a strong majority of Oregonians.”
The group says it has yet to decide whether to ask the 9th to review the ruling or turn to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Basic Rights Oregon, which supports same sex marriage tells The Oregonian its thrilled by the court ruling but not surprised. It calls the decision decisive.