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

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.

Dana Brueck, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she expects the department would file separately to have all 10 judges on the appeals court hear the case rather than a three-judge panel.

The court combined the Wisconsin and Indiana cases last week to be reviewed together.

The court also gave the attorneys defending Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban the opportunity to file an additional brief in the case. That brief will be due Aug. 11.

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