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Gay Marriage Bans in Wis., Ind. Are Unconstitutional: 7th Cir.

By Brett Snider, Esq. on September 04, 2014 3:27 PM

A federal appeals court has upheld lower court decisions that struck down gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals roundly rejected arguments that same-sex marriage bans were somehow beneficial to children and ruled that neither state had provided a rational basis for their laws, thus making them unconstitutional.

Much of the 7th Circuit's opinion echoed arguments the federal judges made during oral arguments last week.

With gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin affirmed as unconstitutional, the 7th Circuit has blocked those states from enforcing these bans.

At this time, it is unclear if this decision will be stayed pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

7th Circuit Rules for Gay Marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin

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