Federal judge denies motion to stay in DOMA challenge Jamie Reese at 6:56 PM ET
[JURIST] United States District Court for the District of Connecticut [official website] on Wednesday denied a motion to stay [order] in Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management, another challenge to Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text]. Specifically the lawsuit challenges the legality of the prohibition imposed on the federal government of not recognizing same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) of the House of Representatives [official website] requested the motion [JURIST report] to stay pending the outcome of the appeal in Windsor v. United States. Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) [advocacy website], who are representing the plaintiffs, strongly opposed the motion. Judge Vanessa Bryant denied the motion, citing prejudice to the plaintiffs. She also disagreed that the issue now before the court in Windsor was the same pending before the court in Pedersen. She wrote in her opinion, "Without addressing the first factor regarding a likelihood of success on the merits, BLAG has failed to articulate any suggestion that it would be 'irreparably injured absent a stay,' nor has it suggested that any other party would be 'substantially injured' if the case were to proceed." She also found that the public interest weighed against the entry of a motion to stay.
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