Pence Hopes Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Ends In State's Hands (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

August 26, 2014 Updated Aug 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – In a Chicago courtroom it was the first day of arguments surrounding same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

A three-judge U.S. Appeals Court panel heard arguments about challenges brought by civil rights groups, on behalf of couples seeking to marry in the two states.

Court observers say the appeals panel bristled at the arguments from the states defending the bans, which were ruled unconstitutional by lower courts in June.

21Alive caught up with Indiana Governor Mike Pence Tuesday and asked him what he hopes the outcome would be.

"My hope is that The Supreme Court will allow States to continue to define this institution. but in any event, whatever decision the Supreme Court makes, we will respect the rule of law and move forward,” said Gov. Pence.

A decision in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is expected in the coming weeks, then the case will likely go to the Supreme Court.

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