The Seventh Circuit announced Monday it will hear the oral argument for Indiana’s marriage equality case on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. Hoosiers Unite for Marriage (HUM), a statewide effort dedicated to moving marriage forward for all loving and committed couples, applauded the notice.
On Friday, the court consolidated cases from Indiana and Wisconsin challenging those states’ bans on same-sex marriage. Briefs in the case are due in early August.
HUM Marriage Coordinator Kyle Megrath said, “We are pleased that the court has combined these two cases, expedited the briefs and set a date for the oral argument. Hundreds of Hoosier couples are currently waiting to have their legal marriages recognized by the state, and they and their families are harmed by that uncertainty. We look forward to sharing their stories in the coming weeks and making it clear that all loving, committed couples should be able to marry in Indiana.”
Buzzfeed reports the following timeline in the courts:
The scheduled arguments will come a week after the scheduled arguments in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee are being challenged.
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals already ruled that Utah’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional, and Utah officials said last week that the state will be asking the Supreme Court to review the case.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge to Virginia’s marriage ban in May but has not yet ruled on the matter.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is slated to hear appeals of challenges from Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada in September. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals also has a challenge to Texas’s marriage ban pending, but no arguments are scheduled.