Appeals court stays Ind. gay marriage ruling pending Supreme Court decision


INDIANAPOLIS — Same-sex couples hoping to get married in Indiana will have to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the question of whether gay marriage bans are constitutional.

indianaThe 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Monday stayed its Sept. 4 ruling that Indiana’s ban is unconstitutional.

The court also found Wisconsin‘s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but Monday’s order didn’t address the status in Wisconsin because that state has not requested a stay. (Wisconsin remains under a stay from the district court pending disposition of all appeals.)

Same-sex marriage is on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Sept. 29 agenda for a closed-door conference, but it’s unclear if the justices will decide then whether to take up the issue.

The stay order indicates it will terminate if the high court refuses to hear the appeal.

Kyle Megrath with Hoosiers Unite for Marriage says the group hopes the high court takes up gay marriage cases this month. He says gay marriage bans “harm Hoosier and American families.”

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