Indiana and Wisconsin are set to defend their gay marriage bans. There was around 230 people gathered around the outside of a Chicago courtroom so they could listen to arguments made to a federal appeals court in a legal contest to the gay marriage bans in both Wisconsin and Indiana.
The 7th United States Circuit Court of Appeals was ready to listen to oral arguments made on Tuesday. Each state’s gay marriage bans were decided as being unconstitutional back in June of this year, and the many cases were united on appeal.
Hordes of spectators were hopeful they would be able to get inside the 25th floor courtroom; several people arrived as early as 6 a.m. In amid them was a retired battalion chief from an Indianapolis fire department. She explained that Indiana will not identify her out-of-state marriage as being a legal one, so she and her wife are unable to share benefits.
The attorneys general in both Wisconsin and Indiana have declared that states ought to have the power to establish their own marriage standards. The legal battle over same-sex marriage moved to the federal appeals court.
The consequence of how the ruling turns out might directly disturb literally hundreds of couples who got married in June after federal judges upturned the bans in each state. However their rulings were then placed on hold waiting other appeal.
Gay marriage is presently legal in 19 states along with Washington, D.C. and energy is growing behind the force for other states to recognize it. Supporters have won over 20 court victories all around the country since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a piece of the Defense of Marriage Act that banned the federal government from identifying same-sex marriage in 2013.
In Wisconsin, a voter accepted constitutional amendment prohibits gay marriages. Indiana state law prohibits it in the Hoosier State. They neither one recognize same-sex marriages that have been performed anywhere else as well.
Lawyers on behalf of Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller were slated to give oral statements on Tuesday morning. Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, which is a national association that works for gay rights, also were planned to show up. Each side was given 20 minutes to speak their arguments.
However it is unknown when the court would issue a decision.
Zoeller and Van Hollen, who are both Republicans, have brought parallel arguments in court filings with the appeals court in their respective states which declare that states should have the power to be able to set marriage standards and the federal government should accept them.
The ACLU and Lambda Legal, each have basically repeated their equal protection points of view in their own filings with the appellate court. They state that banning gay couples legal protection and benefits that married straight couples enjoy is unfair. The ACLU stated that the freedom to marry is a primary aspect of individual liberties for every American. Regardless, Indiana and Wisconsin are ready to protect their gay marriage bans.
By Kimberly Ruble