A federal judge has ruled that a national group cannot defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage after the state attorney general refused to do so.
U.S. District Judge Michael McShane on Wednesday denied the National Organization for Marriage's motion to intervene.
The decision paves the way for a ruling on the constitutionality of Oregon's same-sex marriage ban, which could come at any time.
The national group argued it should be allowed to intervene on behalf of its members in Oregon. They include a county clerk, the owner of a wedding business and a voter who cast a ballot in favor of the 2004 constitutional ban.
Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum argues the ban is legally indefensible and should be thrown out.