NEW INFORMATION: Court to hear gay marriage arguments Aug. 13

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear arguments in challenges of gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana's on Aug. 13.

Federal judges in both states have struck down the bans as unconstitutional. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals consolidated the Wisconsin and Indiana cases on Friday and put them on the fast track.

The court separately rejected a request by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to have five extra days to submit arguments.

Both states have asked that all 10 judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals hear the cases, but it has not yet ruled on those requests.

Usually the 7th Circuit uses three-judge panels to decide cases.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin attorneys want all 10 judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider upholding the state's gay marriage ban.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the ban unconstitutional last month. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed to the 7th Circuit.

A federal judge in Indiana has struck down that state's ban as well. That state's attorneys also have asked the 7th Circuit to review the decision. The court consolidated the Wisconsin and Indiana cases on Friday and put them on the fast track.

Usually the 7th Circuit uses three-judge panels to decide cases. But Indiana attorneys filed a request late Friday asking all 10 judges to hear their appeal. Wisconsin attorneys joined that request Monday, saying the cases are exceptionally important.


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