UPDATE, JULY 16TH 2004:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A federal appeals court has rejected Wisconsin's initial bid to join Indiana in seeking a full-court hearing on the two states' bans on gay marriage.
But the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Wisconsin could file its own request.
Dana Brueck, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, expects the department would file separately to have all 10 judges on the appeals court hear the case rather than a three-judge panel.
The court combined the Wisconsin and Indiana cases last week to be reviewed together.
The court also gave the attorneys defending Wisconsin's gay marriage ban the opportunity to file an additional brief in the case. That brief will be due Aug. 11.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin attorneys want all 10 judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to consider upholding the state's gay marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the ban unconstitutional last month. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has appealed to the 7th Circuit.
A federal judge in Indiana has struck down that state's ban as well. That state's attorneys also have asked the 7th Circuit to review the decision. The court consolidated the Wisconsin and Indiana cases on Friday and put them on the fast track.
Usually the 7th Circuit uses three-judge panels to decide cases. But Indiana attorneys filed a request late Friday asking all 10 judges to hear their appeal. Wisconsin attorneys joined that request Monday, saying the cases are exceptionally important.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin has appealed a federal judge's ruling from last month striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional.
Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed the appeal on Thursday as he indicated at the time of the original ruling he would. U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on June 6 that the ban, approved by voters in 2006, was a violation of gay couples' equal protection and due process rights.
For one week more than 500 same-sex couples got married in the state before Crabb put her ruling on hold pending the expected appeal.
The appeal will be heard by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight same-sex couples.