US: Attorneys want Indiana’s federal appeals court to overturn same-sex marriage ruling

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After a judge ruled earlier this summer to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage, the Indiana attorney general’s office wants a federal appeals court to overturn the decision.

The final brief was filed this Monday with the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The arguments remain the same, there is no constitutional right to marry a person of the same sex and that traditional marriage is in the interest of the state.

On 25 June, US Judge Richard Young ruled that the Indiana’s marriage ban was unconstitutional, allowing marriage to begin immediately.

Hundreds of same-sex couples were able to marry for several days before an Indiana court temporarily put the state’s marriage ban back into place, pending an appeal.

Since the stay was put in place, the Attorney General’s office has advised clerks to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples.

The Court of Appeals will hear Indiana and Wisconsin’s marriage ban case arguments on 26 August.

The first same-sex couple to marry in the state were Craig Bowen and Jake Miller, who ran to the clerk’s office in Indianapolis after hearing news of the court ruling.