AG Wants Quick Resolution To Marriage Lawsuit; Ind. Case Combined With Wisc.
By Mike Perleberg
(Chicago, Ill.) – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller wants a full complement of appellate judges to decide the case for or against the state’s gay marriage ban.
In a statement issued Saturday, Zoeller said that his office filed a motion late Friday asking the entire 10-judge U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to hear Indiana’s appeal of U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young’s June 25 order declaring the law banning same sex marriage unconstitutional.
Cases taken to the appellate court are typically heard by three judges, but Zoeller is seeking a quicker resolution to the matter.
“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 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 7th Circuit Court of Appeals also received notice of appeal from Wisconsin for a lawsuit involving that state’s marriage law. The court has combined the Indiana and Wisconsin challenges.
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s office ordered executive branch state agencies to not recognize any same-sex marriages performed during a three day period following Young’s ruling last month.