Attorney General: Don't Read Too Much Into Rhetoric On Same-Sex Marriage Ban

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 28, 2014 Updated Aug 28, 2014 at 5:33 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) --- Indiana's attorney general says Hoosiers should not jump to the conclusion that the state's same-sex marriage ban will be struck down in a ruling by a federal appeals court.

Three judges with the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

Judge Richard Posner chided the bans, saying prohibition of same-sex marriage is "a tradition of hate... and savage discrimination."

Attorney General Greg Zoeller said during a stop in Fort Wayne Thursday, such comments don't foretell a certain decision on this issue.
“Anybody who has ever appeared before Judge Posner knows that he's a tough questioner and he can be pretty insistent, but you shouldn't read too much into that, that's really the appellate process," said Zoeller, a Republican.

Zoeller figures it will take the court at least a couple of months to decide whether to re-instate same-sex marriage bans that were ruled unconstitutional in both states back in June.

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