Wisconsin, Indiana ask Supreme Court to overturn rulings axing gay marriage bans

Wed. September 10, 2014 9:15 AM by Carlos Santoscoy

Madison, WI - Wisconsin and Indiana separately on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn rulings striking down gay marriage bans in both states.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago last week declared the bans unconstitutional.

In his 57-page petition, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, a Republican, asked the high court to resolve the question of whether states can restrict marriage to heterosexual couples.

"Our state, nation and all persons involved need a final, unambiguous and conclusive answer from the Supreme Court on the legal authority of states to license marriages, and we ask the Court to take up this question through either our case or another case at its earliest opportunity and end the uncertainty," he wrote.

Zoeller goes on to argue that Indiana's definition of marriage does not "target homosexuals."

"The statue itself makes no mention of sexual orientation, and as the case record in this case amply demonstrates, homosexual often do marry members of the opposite sex in Indiana," the brief states.

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen called the case challenging Wisconsin's ban "the ideal vehicle" for the Supreme Court "to fully and finally resolve all issues regarding this compelling nationwide 'debate between two competing views of marriage.'"

Hollen, also a Republican, described the Seventh Circuit's ruling as "an indecipherable amalgam of several – at times contradictory – theories, none of which provides a satisfactory basis to strike down Wisconsin's traditional marriage laws."

Federal appeals courts have also struck down bans in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia. Defendants in those cases have also asked the justices for review.

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