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

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s attorney general wants more than three appellate judges to decide the fate of the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)
Attorney General Greg Zoeller (R-Ind.)

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.

Cases are ordinarily heard by a panel of three judges.

In a separate move Friday, the 7th Circuit combined Indiana and Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage cases and put them on the fast track. Wisconsin had filed a similar appeal earlier this week.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says moving the case before the full court would speed the process even more.

A similar request in April by the state of Michigan was rejected by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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