Group files motion with Supreme Court to stay Oregon's same-sex marriage ruling

Group files motion with Supreme Court to stay Oregon's same-sex marriage ruling
FILE -- Janine Nelson (right) and her partner Deanna Geiger celebrate with others outside the Multnomah Building in Southeast Portland, Monday, May 19, 2014 after a federal judge struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. The couple was married a short time after the judge's ruling was announced.

The National Organization for Marriage says it is not giving up its fight to keep same-sex marriages illegal in the state.

In a press release Tuesday it says it filed a motion with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to issue a stay on the case. That would prevent any more same-sex marriages in the state as the national organization continues its court battle.

Federal district court Judge Michael McShane overturned the state’s constitutional ban last week.

"We are asking Justice Kennedy and the U.S. Supreme Court to take the step of staying the decision of Judge McShane so that NOM can pursue its request to intervene in the case in order to mount a defense of the people’s vote for marriage," John Eastman, NOM's chairman and Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence at The Claremont Institute, said in the press release. "This case is an ugly spectacle of the state refusing to defend the sovereign act of its voters to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and instead working jointly with the plaintiffs to redefine marriage."

In his ruling McShane said Oregon's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and discriminates against same-sex couples.

Oregon's attorney general refused to defend the ban.

In response to the National Organization for Marriage's motion, Oregon United for Marriage said in a statement that the group's move was its "latest, last-ditched attempt" to stop same-sex marriages in the state.

"Love is the law in Oregon. And try as they might, the National Organization for Marriage cannot and will not take that away," Amy Ruiz, Oregon United for Marriage's deputy campaign manager, said in the statement.

Immediately after the judge's ruling last week, same-sex couples began tying the knot.