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Seventh Circuit schedules arguments in appeals of same-sex marriage rulings

| Friday, July 25, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin in about a month. Federal judges in Indiana and Wisconsin overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings. When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit Court combined the cases and set aside the previous hearing date.

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Briefs piling up from same-sex marriage opponents in Ind., Wis. appeals

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
Kem Highfill, left, and Richard Rehm fill out their marriage license at county clerks office Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Madison, Wis. On Friday a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Opponents of same-sex marriage cited political theory, social stability and even biblical text in legal briefs filed this week in federal court, where Indiana and Wisconsin are appealing rulings that overthrew their bans on gay weddings. At least 20 briefs have been filed in the case that's currently before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including...

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Wis. AG tells appeals court same-sex marriage isn’t a fundamental right

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R-Wis.)
MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause doesn't apply in cases involving sexual orientation and there's no fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. Van Hollen made his arguments in a brief filed Wednesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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Ind. plaintiffs object to full-court hearing on same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Attorneys on either side of a lawsuit over Indiana's overthrown same-sex marriage ban are wrangling over how many federal judges should hear the state's appeal, a technical issue that could make a big difference. Those representing gay couples who want the ban overturned permanently – the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, ...

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ACLU objects to Wis. request for full court hearing on gay marriage ruling

| Monday, July 21, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Gay couples challenging Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriages are objecting to the state's request that the full 7th Circuit Court of Appeals hear arguments in the case. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing eight same-sex couples challenging the ban filed an objection Monday to the state's request that the entire appeals court ...

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7th Circuit rejects Wis. bid to join Ind. request for full court marriage hearing

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- A federal appeals court has rejected Wisconsin's initial bid to join Indiana in seeking a full-court hearing on the two states' bans on same-sex marriage. But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Wisconsin could file its own request.

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Court schedules arguments in Ind., Wis., same-sex marriage appeals

| Monday, July 14, 2014
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A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear arguments in challenges of gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana's on Aug. 13. Federal judges in both states have struck down the bans as unconstitutional. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated the Wisconsin and Indiana cases on Friday and put them on the fast track.

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Wis. wants entire 7th Circuit to consider fate of same-sex marriage ban

| Monday, July 14, 2014
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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin attorneys want all 10 judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider upholding the state's gay marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the ban unconstitutional last month. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed to the 7th Circuit.

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Ind. AG wants entire 7th Circuit to determine fate of same-sex marriage ban

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's attorney general wants more than three appellate judges to decide the fate of the state's same-sex marriage ban. The office says in a statement issued Saturday that it filed a motion late Friday asking the entire 10-judge 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Indiana's appeal of a judge's order that struck down the ban.

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Appeals court joins, fast tracks Indiana, Wisconsin same-sex marriage cases

| Friday, July 11, 2014
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CHICAGO -- A federal appeals court has combined Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage cases and put them on the fast track. The move Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago comes a day after Wisconsin's attorney general filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling last month striking down that state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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