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U.S. Supreme Court Won't Block Oregon Same-Sex Marriage

File photo of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
File photo of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Supreme Court won't block same-sex marriages in Oregon. The high court Wednesday turned down a request to halt gay marriages in the state.

File photo of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
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File photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC.

The outcome is simple: Gay marriage remains legal in Oregon.

The back story is complicated, but basically goes like this: Four gay couples sued to overturn Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. The state decided not to defend the law. A federal judge last month threw the law out, and same-sex couples started getting married immediately.

Then, a national group that's against gay marriage asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put the ruling on hold. They argued that their quest to intervene in the case is still pending before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

But the Supreme Court didn't buy that argument. In a one-sentence order, the justices refused to issue a stay.

Copyright 2014 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.