Appeals Court to Hear Arguments Aug. 26

July 30, 2014

Yesterday the individuals fighting Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages and its failure to recognize such marriages performed outside the state filed their appellate brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. The brief was filed in the consolidated appeal of three cases that had resulted in the June decision of Chief Judge Richard Young of the U.S. District Court to overturn Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The district court ruling opened a three-day window where Hoosier couples were legally married. Hundreds of couples exchanged their vows, but the Seventh Circuit issued a stay that stopped further marriages pending appeal.

Thirty-six plaintiffs, including the seven individuals we are representing, are part of this case, which will be heard by the Seventh Circuit at 9:30 a.m. (Central Time) on August 26.

The plaintiffs-appellees include:

  • Same-sex couples who wish to marry in Indiana but cannot
  • Individuals married to same-sex partners outside of Indiana, whose marriages Indiana does not recognize
  • Eight children being raised by these couples, who seek full and equal recognition for the family to which they belong

On July 21, the Court denied the State of Indiana's request for the entire Court to hear the case rather than the usual three-judge panel.

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