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Indiana’s Same Sex Marriage Case Fast-Tracked

After Governor Pence ordered state agencies to not recognize last month's same sex marriages, a federal court will fast track the case.

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Sarah Perfetti and Abby Henkel have been together three and a half years, and applied for a marriage license in Monroe County last month.

The 7th U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago Friday combined Indiana’s same-sex marriage case with a similar one in Wisconsin, putting them on a fast track to a ruling.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller petitioned the court to hear Indiana’s case as soon as possible, after it put a stay on a ruling that lifted the ban last month, allowing same sex couples around the state to wed.

Zoeller said in a statement Saturday he wants a full panel of judges to review the case.

“This extraordinarily important legal issue deserves the review and consideration of the entire 7th Circuit Court of Appeals under the existing, expedited schedule for this case,” Zoeller said.  “En banc (full court) review would serve to provide the Supreme Court with the insights and judgment of ten well-respected judges, rather than just three, which would benefit the judicial review process no matter the outcome.”

The Associated Press reports briefs from both sides must be filed Aug. 4 and arguments will begin soon after.

 

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is a reporter/producer for WFIU/WTIU news. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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