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National group says it will seek to defend Oregon gay-marriage ban in federal court challenge

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SALEM, Oregon — A national group opposed to same-sex marriage says it will seek to defend Oregon's gay-marriage ban from challenges in federal court.

The National Organization for Marriage said in a press release that it plans to file a motion to intervene on Monday. A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments over Oregon's voter-approved same-sex marriage ban on Wednesday.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has declined to defend the state constitutional ban. She says in court filings that there's no reason the state should treat same-sex couples differently from opposite-sex couples when it comes to marriage.

National Organization for Marriage chairman John Eastman says it's wrong that a challenge to Oregon's marriage law would go forward without a meaningful defense.

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