FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"The people of Oregon are entitled to a defense of their decision on marriage rather than being abandoned in Court." — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (https://www.nationformarriage.org/) (NOM) today filed an emergency appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asking the higher court to stay the same-sex marriage proceedings in Eugene so that NOM can argue that it should have been granted intervention status in the case in order to present a legitimate defense of the marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. If the district court judge rules today as expected to invalidate the amendment, NOM also asked the Ninth Circuit for a stay of such a ruling.
"This case is an ugly example of inappropriate cooperation between the Attorney General and the gay marriage lobby, both of whom want to redefine marriage in contravention of the overwhelming decision of the people to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman," said Brian S. Brown, NOM's president. "The people of Oregon are entitled to a defense of their decision on marriage rather than being abandoned in Court."
NOM filed to intervene in the case on behalf of its members as well as a country clerk and members of the wedding industry who will face injury if marriage is redefined. The emergency filing today seeks a halt to the proceedings in Eugene so that the Ninth Circuit can determine whether NOM's motion to intervene should be granted. Additionally, if Judge Michael McShane were to invalidate the marriage amendment as the Attorney General and the plaintiffs have requested, NOM's motion also includes a requested stay of such a decision.
"The law makes clear that a group like NOM has a right to intervene in this case so that a meaningful defense can be mounted of the people's decision to define marriage as a man and a woman so that children benefit from having a mother and a father," said John Eastman. "Whatever someone's view of marriage might be, we hope that everyone can agree that major constitutional decisions like this should be decided only when there are actual adversaries in the lawsuit. We were disappointed in Judge McShane's denial of our motion to intervene and we look forward to presenting our case to the Ninth Circuit and, if necessary, to the US Supreme Court."
To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, or John Eastman, chairman of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], or Matille Thebolt, [email protected], at 703-683-5004
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