US Appeals Court Finds Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

US Appeals Court Finds Indiana's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

September 4, 2014 Updated Sep 5, 2014 at 9:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (21Alive) -- Indiana's same-sex marriage ban has been ruled unconstitutional by the 7th U.S. District Court of Appeals.

The court heard the appeal last week on August 26th in Chicago. The appellate court had combined Indiana and Wisconsin's cases and heard them consecutively.

Both states had their bans on gay marriage overturned in June by federal judges. In Indiana, there was a two day window where same-sex couples were able to obtain marriage licenses from the state beginning on June 25. A stay was issued on the 27th, putting a halt to same-sex marriages pending today's ruling.

The decision was unanimous among the three judge panel.

In the opinion, the judges state:

"As we have been at pains to explain, the grounds advanced by Indiana and Wisconsin for their discriminatory polices are not only conjecture; they are totally implausible"

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has stated that marriage licenses will not be issued as a stay is expected until the U.S. Supreme Court takes the issue up in the coming year.

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