(Bloomberg / Worthy News)– The U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt gay marriages in Oregon, rejecting calls from an interest group and giving advocates another legal victory as they push for same-sex wedding rights nationwide.
The rebuff of the National Organization for Marriage leaves Oregon as one of 19 states where gay couples can legally wed. Rulings that struck down bans in six other states are on hold.
Oregon began issuing licenses to gay couples on May 19, immediately after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane threw out the state's ban and said his decision would take effect right away. A federal appeals court also declined to block the ruling.