NOM’s Really Struggling In Oregon

nom_logo_brian_brownThese must be dark times at the National Organization for Marriage headquarters. We assume they’re all frantically polishing up their resumes, all terrified that they’ll be the last ones left to turn out the lights when there’s simply no work left for them to do. Their latest debacle: an attempt to intervene in Oregon that’s quickly going sour.

Lawsuits against Oregon’s marriage ban have been plodding along since late last year, but it’s only just now that NOM’s managed to try to get involved. Last week they asked the court for permission to intervene, and also requested a delay so they’d have time to get up to speed. The judge in the case basically rolled his eyes at that, refused to delay things, and told them they’d have a hearing in a month to determine what role — if any — they should have in the litigation.

NOM’s already working at a big disadvantage in Oregon. The state Attorney General announced weeks ago that the state would not defend the ban, which means that until NOM’s tried to get their foot in the door nobody was defending it.

If the court upholds the ban, Oregon organizers will likely move ahead with a ballot measure to overturn it in November. But if the ban is overturned, they might not need to. There’s a lot riding on this decision for Oregon’s gay couples, and also for NOM’s ongoing credibility.

In other marriage excitement this week: various reports about how much marriage equality would add to states’ economies; a new lawsuit in Georgia; and a marriage ban is unconstitutional in Texas.

Also, watch South Dakota this week, since we may see a new lawsuit there in the next few days. Yay South Dakota!