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:
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.