Monday, July 07, 2008
ADF Alliance Alert » ADF attorney available to discuss disenfranchisement of Oregonians after 9th Circuit hearing
re: "PORTLAND, Ore. — Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks will be available for media interviews immediately following oral arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in Lemons v. Bradbury. ADF attorneys are appealing a ruling by a federal judge that denied Oregon voters the opportunity to vote on a new law which some Oregon voters believe runs counter to the state’s 2004 Marriage Protection Amendment. /“Oregon voters deserve to be heard on this referendum. More than enough Oregonians signed it. The people didn’t thwart this effort; government bureaucracy did–and that’s not a good reason to toss aside one of the most important rights Americans have,” said Nimocks. /On Feb. 1, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Monson lifted his preliminary injunction against a new law, H.B. 2007, that provides all the rights of marriage to unmarried, same-sex couples who register with the state. ADF attorneys filed suit on behalf of several Oregonians after the Secretary of State and several different county clerks wrongfully rejected valid signatures on a petition to place a referendum on the ballot which would allow voters to express their will on the new law. /During a hearing, the judge stated that voters in Oregon have no legal right to have their petition signatures counted. ADF appealed that ruling to the 9th Circuit (www.telladf.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4417). /A fact sheet is available on the lawsuit at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/LemonsFactSheet.pdf."