Judges blast In­di­ana, Wis­con­sin gay mar­riage bans

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

CHICAGO (AP) — Fed­eral ap­peals judges bris­tled Tues­day at ar­gu­ments de­fend­ing gay mar­riage bans in In­di­ana and Wis­con­sin, with one Repub­li­can ap­pointee com­par­ing them to now-de­funct laws that once out­lawed weddings between blacks and whites.

As the le­gal skir­mish over same-sex mar­riage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals in Chicago, more than 200 peo­ple lined up hop­ing to get a spot in the hear­ing room.

At­tor­neys gen­eral in both states are try­ing to re­in­state bans that were ruled un­con­sti­tu­tional in June. The out­come of the case also could di­rectly af­fect hun­dreds of cou­ples who were mar­ried af­ter fed­eral judges over­turned the bans but be­fore their rul­ings were put on hold pend­ing ap­peal.

Judge Richard Pos­ner, who was ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan, was dis­mis­sive when Wis­con­sin As­sis­tant At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ti­mothy Sa­muel­son re­peat­edly pointed to ‘tra­di­tion’ as the un­der­ly­ing jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for bar­ring gay mar­riage.

Pos­ner fre­quently cut off In­di­ana Solic­i­tor Gen­eral Thomas Fis­cher, just mo­ments into his pre­sen­ta­tion and chided him to an­swer his ques­tions.

AP Photo/Eric Risberg

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