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

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

7th-circuitThe 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.

Two weeks ago, the 7th Circuit put on hold a federal judge’s ruling in Indiana striking down that state’s gay marriage ban.

The lawsuit in Wisconsin was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight same-sex couples. The 7th Circuit previously ordered an expedited schedule in Indiana’s case.

The court Friday ordered briefs to be filed by Aug. 4. Arguments will be scheduled by a separate court order.

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