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.