1. Mark another in a growing list of recent losses for anti-gay marriage group the National Organization for Marriage. Five days before Oregon’s gay marriage ban was struck down in May, U.S. District Judge Michael McShane denied the group’s request to intervene to defend the ban—strike one. Then just hours before McShane ruled, NOM filed to stop the court proceedings, and were denied again—strike two. Then late yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a terse, one-sentence ruling denying NOM’s request to stay the decision to strike down the ban—and they’re out? Not exactly. NOM appealed McShane’s decision to deny their request to intervene in the case, and that will be heard by a federal court of appeals later this year. Wonder how that one will turn out.